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    1. 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 ...

    2. Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax

      Yoga means different things to different people. This Actionset focuses on a kind of yoga called Hatha yoga. One of the benefits of Hatha yoga is that it can relieve stress and help you relax. Key points Yoga includes breathing,meditation,and exercises,called postures or poses,that stretch the body. You can do yoga to help you relax. The goals of yoga include improved physical and mental ...

    3. How Stress Affects Your Health

      How does stress affect your health? Find out now.

    4. Your Stress-Busting Checklist

      Check out this self-help checklist for steps to balancing your life.

    5. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      Belly-breathing fills your lungs fully,slows your breathing rate,and helps you relax. Place one hand on your belly just below the ribs and the other hand on your chest. You can do this while standing,but it may be more comfortable while you are lying on the floor with your knees bent. Take a deep breath through your nose. As you inhale,let your belly push your hand out. Keep your chest ...

    6. 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. COPD: Clearing Your Lungs

    7. Manage Stress for Your Heart - Topic Overview

      Why is it important to manage stress?Stress is the way we all react to change. It includes our mental, emotional, and physical responses to the pressures of everyday life. Because change is a natural and normal part of life, everyone has some stress.But stress can be bad for your heart. If you have heart disease, stress can lead to angina symptoms and maybe a heart attack.Stress can:Raise your blood pressure. This could make your heart work harder. It could also break open a plaque in your coronary artery, which could lead to a heart attack.Raise your heart rate. This could make your heart work harder. It could also cause a dangerous irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).How can you manage stress?Taking steps to manage stress can improve your health and life. Try different ways to reduce stress, such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of ThinkingTry to change the situation that is causing your stress, if you can. Or maybe you

    8. The Effects of Stress on Your Body

      Learn about the ways stress can affect your health.

    9. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      What is kava?Kava, or kava kava, is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries. Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medications such as diazepam (Valium, for example).1 Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles.2 Although kava is not addictive, its effect ...

    10. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and

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