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  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  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 - 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 ...

  5. Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress

    Childhood isn't all fun and games. Even young children can feel worried and stressed. Stress can come from outside,such as family,friends,and school. It can also come from children themselves. Just like adults,children often expect too much of themselves and then feel stressed when they feel that they have failed. What are signs of stress in children and teens? Why is it important to ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Quick Tips: Reducing Holiday Stress - Get started

    The holidays can be a joyful time,offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The holidays can also be hectic. There never seems to be enough time to get things done. Think about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holidays. Then you can focus ...

  8. Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive

    Poor communication is one of the biggest causes of stress at work and home. Being unable to talk about your needs,concerns,and frustrations can create stress. Being assertive helps you communicate without causing stress to yourself and others. Assertiveness is a skill that you can learn and put into practice. Key Points Assertive communication means speaking up for yourself in a thoughtful,...

  9. Topic Overview

    Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which a person becomes less aware of his or her surroundings. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat physical or psychological conditions. It is thought that during a hypnotic state,or trance,people have a heightened ability to accept suggestions that can help change their behavior. Hypnosis can be led by a hypnotherapist,or a ...

  10. Managing Job Stress - Overview

    Job stress comes in many different forms and affects your body in various ways. Minor sources of stress may include equipment that won't work or phones that won't quit ringing. Major stress comes from having too much work, not having enough work, doing work that is unfulfilling, fearing a job layoff, or not getting along with your boss.Usually it is the major sources of stress that lead to ...

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