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    1. Stress Management - Ways to Relieve Stress

      Some of the most useful stress management skills you can learn are healthy coping strategies. Many of these can be done with little or no instruction. No one strategy is preferable; you need to find what works best for you. Using these techniques regularly until they become habits that are part of your lifestyle is the key. Use this coping strategies evaluation form(What is a PDF document?) to ...

    2. Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

      Deep breathing is one of the best ways to relax.

    3. 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 ...

    4. 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

    5. Hospice Care - Topic Overview

      What is resilience? Resilience is an "inner strength" that helps you bounce back after stressful situations. When you are resilient,you may recover more quickly from setbacks or difficult changes,including illness. Developing resilience begins with simple actions or thoughts that you practice,such as planning for what you'll do next and learning to accept change. Being resilient doesn't ...

    6. Hospice Care - 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 ...

    7. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - 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: Breathing Exercises for RelaxationStress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to RelaxStress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle RelaxationStress Management: Managing Your TimeStress Management: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive

    8. 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

    9. Caregiver Tips - Prevention

      To prevent anger and hostility: Seek nonhostile ways to resolve conflicts. Arguing is fine, even healthy, as long as it does not turn violent. Teach your children that anger is not a solution. Give your children consistent love and attention.

    10. 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,

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