Social Connections - Topic Overview
What are social connections? Social connections are the relationships you have with the people around you. They may be close,like family,friends,and coworkers,or more distant,like people you know casually. They can be as close as next door or so far away that you only connect with them by telephone or through the Internet. Your network of relationships may be big or small. One or two ...
Adjusting to a Chronic Illness - Topic Overview
You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings,such as anger,resentment,or denial. These feelings are normal and expected because you are experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with this disease. You can help yourself adjust by: Becoming aware of your loss. Although there are steps ...
Planning for a Change That Matters - Topic Overview
Deciding to make a change that matters is a big step. Maybe you're feeling hopeful, excited, and ready for the change. You could be feeling nervous about changing. Or maybe you're worried that you'll let down yourself and others if you're not able to change.You are not alone. Many people who are thinking about change feel this way. It's normal. And it helps you prepare for a big step and get ready to make a plan.Many people who have been in your situation have found that having a plan—and staying focused on it—can make a big difference. To start, think about why you're hereAsk yourself some basic questions.Exactly what do I want to change?What are my personal, most powerful reasons for wanting this change?What will my life look like when I've made the change?Remember your answers to these questions. They can help you focus. You may want to repeat them to yourself over time. Think about what works and what doesn't work If you've tried to change, cut back, or quit before now,
Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview
What is Chinese medicine?Chinese medicine is a philosophy of medicine partly based on the idea that an energy, called qi (pronounced "chee"), flows along pathways in the body called meridians. In this belief, if the flow of qi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. In China, doctors have practiced Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is gaining in popularity
Family therapy is based on the belief that the family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. These patterns are determined by many factors, including the parents' beliefs and values, the personalities of all family members, and the influence of the extended family (grandparents, aunts, and uncles). As a result of these variables, each family develops its ..
Stress Management: Imagery Exercises - 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 ...
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 ...
Good-Health Attitude - Topic Overview
Good health requires a positive attitude. It's up to you to decide to make the most of things when you are faced with health challenges. This attitude-a good-health mind-set-doesn't just happen. It takes work,every day. The following tips will help you enjoy a "good-health attitude": 1 Focus on your abilities instead of your disabilities. Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses. ...
Making Your Change Happen - Topic Overview
So, you're ready to make a change that matters to you. You've planned for this change. You have your larger plan and smaller steps defined. Let's get started. As you start, it may help to know that you don't have to do it all at once. Taking one step at a time helps you stay focused. It makes it easier to manage temptation, track your progress, and keep things positive and rewarding.Be ready: Triggers and cravings Cravings can be triggered by events, places, or even people. Many people find that when changing the way they eat, use tobacco, drink alcohol, or use a drug, there are a lot of triggers. You may find triggers in:Things you do often.Places where you eat, drink, or otherwise spend time with others.Times when you feel bored or stressed. Mindless times, like when you're watching TV, using a computer, or driving.Use of another substance, like alcohol or tobacco. Other people who have the same habit or behavior.To help fight physical cravings, plan ahead.If you're changing the
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 ...