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  1. How Stress Affects Your Health

    How does stress affect your health? Find out now.

  2. Your Stress-Busting Checklist

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

  3. Belly-Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing) - 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 ...

  4. Belly-Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing) - 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

  5. 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

  6. The Effects of Stress on Your Body

    Learn about the ways stress can affect your health.

  7. Kava - 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 ...

  8. Massage 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

  9. Stress Management

    Learn tips for managing stress in your life.

  10. Tips for Reducing Stress

    WebMD's tips for managing stress.

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