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Health & Balance

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  1. Hospice Care - Topic Overview

    Anger signals your body to prepare for a fight. This reaction is commonly classified as "fight or flight." When you get angry, adrenaline and other hormones are released into the bloodstream, then your blood pressure goes up and your heart beats faster.

  2. Health & Balance Guide - Topic Overview

    What does it mean to be grateful? Gratitude is saying "thank you." But it's more than a thank-you to a friend for a favor or gift. Gratitude is saying thanks for everything that is important to you and good in your life. You are thankful for a gift,but you're also thankful to watch a sunset,do well at a sport,or to be alive. You see your life and your experiences as a gift. Gratitude is ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

    Deep breathing is one of the best ways to relax.

  5. Stress Management - Causes of Stress

    Long - term (chronic) stress is the type of stress that causes the most serious problems. It is caused by a host of irritating hassles over a period of time, or an ongoing, difficult situation. Conditions that may lead to chronic stress include:Health problems, if you have a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis. Emotional problems, such as unexpressed or uncontrolled anger,

  6. Hospice Care - 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. 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

  8. Stress Management - Setting a Goal to Reduce Stress

    Set a goal in three steps If you're ready to reduce stress in your life,setting a goal may help. Try following these three steps: Find out what creates stress for you. Think about your coping strategies. Try using a stress journal to record stressful events,your response to them,and how you coped. Think about why you want to reduce stress. You might want to protect your heart and your ...

  9. Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a method that helps relieve tension.

  10. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - 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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