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
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
Healing Touch - Topic Overview
What is healing touch?Healing touch influences a person's physical or emotional health without anyone physically touching the person. It is widespread. Healing touch is also called spiritual or energy healing, therapeutic touch, or distant healing.In the 1970s, nurses developed a specific form of healing touch called therapeutic touch to provide a more holistic (viewing the body and mind as a ...
Hydrotherapy - Topic Overview
What is hydrotherapy?Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat a disease or to maintain health. The theory behind it is that water has many properties that give it the ability to heal:Water can store and carry heat.Water can dissolve other substances, such as minerals.Water cannot hurt you, even if you are sensitive to your surroundings.Water is found in different forms, such as ice, liquid, or ..
Guided Imagery - Topic Overview
What is guided imagery?Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. You can use an instructor, tapes, or scripts to help you through this process.Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real.
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 ...
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level? - What does this tool measure?
Click here to find out your stress level.Although everyone responds differently, major life changes are some of the biggest causes of stress, both positive and negative. This interactive tool gauges your stress level based on the number of life changes you have had recently. Your score indicates a rough estimate of your current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems ...
Problem Solving to Manage Stress - 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 ...
Quick Tips: Reducing Holiday Stress - Get started
The holidays can be a joyful time,offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The holidays can also be hectic. There never seems to be enough time to get things done. Think about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holidays. Then you can focus ...
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level? - What's next?
There are a number of things you can do to cope well with life stress. For more information on stress and what you can do about it, see the topics Stress Management and Managing Job Stress.Adapted with permission from: Miller MA, Rahe RH (1997). Life changes scaling for the 1990s. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 43(3): 279–292. ...