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  1. Stress Management - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks,ideal weight,target heart rate,and more.

  2. Topic Overview

    The way you breathe affects your whole body. Full,deep breathing is a good way to reduce tension,feel relaxed,and reduce stress. Roll breathing The object of roll breathing is to develop full use of your lungs and get in touch with the rhythm of your breathing. It can be practiced in any position,but it is best to learn it lying on your back,with your knees bent. Place your left hand on ...

  3. Problem Solving to Manage Stress - Topic Overview

    Problem solving helps you overcome complex stressful events. Identify all aspects of a stressful event,including behavior,thoughts,and feelings. For example,if you have just been laid off from your job,you need to identify: Behaviors,such as the need to look for another job,earn money for your family,and make other adjustments in your life. Negative thoughts,such as "I'll never get ...

  4. Stress Management - Measuring Stress

    Feeling the effects of stress is a normal part of life, especially when you are facing major challenges. However, each person responds to stress differently. What causes a lot of stress for one person may not cause stress for someone else. That's because a large part of stress is a matter of perception-how you view a situation determines how much stress it causes you. Therefore, only you can best

  5. Quick Tips: Reducing the Stress of Caregiving - Get started

    Caring for a family member who has a disability or a chronic illness can be rewarding. But it's also demanding. One of the keys to being a successful caregiver is to manage stress by seeking support and taking care of yourself. Think about the kinds of caregiving tasks or situations that trigger stress for you. Then you can focus on one or two things you can do that will help the most to ...

  6. Stress Management: Managing Your Time

    Time management is a way to find the time for all the things you want and need to do. It helps you decide which things are urgent and which can wait. Learning how to manage your time,activities,and commitments can be hard. But doing so can make your life easier,less stressful,and more meaningful. Key points When you manage your time,you decide which tasks and activities are most ...

  7. Stress Management - Topic Overview

    Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the "fight - or - flight" stress response. Some stress is normal and even useful. It can help if you need

  8. Common Coping Responses for Stress - Topic Overview

    We all find ways of coping with stress. Coping mechanisms may or may not be effective or harmless. Positive coping responses Listening to music Playing with a pet Laughing or crying Going out with a friend (shopping,movie,dining) Taking a bath or shower Writing,painting,or other creative activity Praying or going to church Exercising or getting outdoors to enjoy nature Discussing situations ...

  9. Stress Management - Effects of Stress

    Stress can affect you both immediately (acute stress) and over time (chronic stress).Tension is often the first signal of acute stress. Tense muscles are tight and feel "hard" to the touch. A tense mind makes you feel jumpy, irritable, and unable to concentrate. This could be your signal to do something about stress, both for your immediate comfort and to prevent the long - term effects of ...

  10. Topic Overview

    The methods described here help you relax,relieve stress,and feel better. Imagery for releasing muscle tension Close your eyes and imagine one of the following images: Wax softens and melts. A tight,twisted rope slowly unwinds. Tension swirls out of your body and down the drain. You hold a remote control and turn down the volume on your muscle tension. Imagery as a mini-vacation Take a ...

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