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  1. 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

  2. Stress in Children and Teens - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress

  3. Stress Management: Breathing Exercises - 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Not Ready for Change? - Topic Overview

    Maybe you're fine with the way your life's going right now. Or maybe the timing is wrong, and you need to wait to plan for a change. Either way, there might be something here that interests you.Don't change anythingThis may not be the time to make a change in your life. Instead, maybe it can be a time to take a closer look at things. Over the next 2 weeks, write down some basic facts about a behavior you might like to change. For example, some people look at how they eat, smoke, drink, or use a drug.Which days do you usually do this behavior?On each of those days, how much do you use, eat, drink, or otherwise do this behavior?Does this behavior cost you money each day? Each week? Each month?What other costs do you notice? For example, how much does this behavior affect your ability to be a good partner, parent, friend, or employee?Check in with yourselfSome people find it helpful to think about why they do the things they do. You can think of it as a moment to check in with

  8. Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal - Topic Overview

    Thinking about change, planning for change, and making your change happen all take work. Keeping a change going can be just as hard. It takes time to make it your new normal. And you can expect to have a few tough times.Stay alertTo make this change part of your new lifestyle, keep your change skills ready at all times. It's good to keep asking yourself: What were my personal reasons for making this change? Why were these important to me?What values led me to make this change? What kind of person do I want to be?What temptations do I need to watch for? What are the best ways I've handled triggers and cravings so far? What other ways can I try?Stay calm, learn, and move onIf you do slip or relapse, don't get down on yourself. You can bounce back. Nearly everyone who succeeds with change has some slips along the way. It's normal.Turn your mistake into a lesson, and learn from it. Ask yourself, What will I do differently next time?Every time you experience a craving or trigger, record it

  9. Stress Management: Imagery Exercises - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress

  10. Healing Touch - Topic Overview

    What is healing touch?Healing touch influences a person's physical or emotional health without anyone physically touching the person. It is widespread. Healing touch is also called spiritual or energy healing, therapeutic touch, or distant healing.In the 1970s, nurses developed a specific form of healing touch called therapeutic touch to provide a more holistic (viewing the body and mind as a ...

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