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    1. Hospice Care - 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. Dealing With Negative Thoughts - Topic Overview

      What exactly is a negative thought? Suppose a coworker or a grocery store clerk suddenly gave you a mean look. How would you react? Would you just let it slide off you,like water off a duck? Or would you take it personally and feel bad about yourself,or even get angry about it? If you turn small things into big things that bother you for days,weeks,or even longer,you’re having negative ...

    3. Making a Change That Matters - 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. ...

    4. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - 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 ...

    5. Hospice Care - 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,

    6. Making a Change That Matters - Topic Overview

      Almost everyone wants to change or improve some part of his or her life. For some people, it's eating better or getting more exercise. For others, it might be quitting smoking or drinking less. But whatever the change, you have to be ready to make it. And the reality is that only you know when you're ready for a change. No matter where you are—whether you're ready to change today or are thinking that nothing has to change—you've come to the right place. Which of these sounds most like you?Not Ready for Change?: My life's too crazy to deal with anything new right now, and I'm fine. I don't think my behavior is that big of a problem. Thinking About a Change?: Life could be better. I don't know how much I can do right now, but I think something needs to change.Planning for a Change That Matters: I know what hasn't worked before. I need to think this through. Making Your Change Happen: I want to do this right. I have a plan. Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal: I'm glad I made the

    7. Self-Hypnosis for Stress - 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 ...

    8. Hospice Care - 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: Relaxing Your Mind and BodyInteractive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.Interactive Tool: How Well Do You Bounce Back?

    9. Hospice Care - Topic Overview

      Changing anything big in your life can be stressful. It can seem like a lot to do. This can be especially true when the change involves tobacco, a drug, alcohol, or changing how you eat.For some people, knowing that something has to change happens quickly. For others, it can take years. Nobody is the same. But, no matter how long it takes, many people find that asking themselves questions and thinking about their answers helps them figure out what to do next.Even if you're not sure that change is for you, thinking about what it might be like can be helpful. You're just looking at both sides of a story.Think about the changeAsk yourself questions about what you want to change, like:In my life right now, what would I like to be different?What will happen if I don't make this change?What will I look forward to in my life after I make this change?What might my life look like in 3 years if I change my behavior?Think about yourselfSometimes it's helpful to take a break from thinking about

    10. 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

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