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Help For Stress Management
 

Do you have any of these symptoms?
Stress-related symptoms
-- The American Academy of Family Physicians reported that 60 percent of presenting problems at physicians’ offices in this country are stress-related. 95 million Americans suffer some stress-related symptom each week and take some medication for the discomfort (Nathan, Staats, & Rosch, 1987). The following is a list of common stress symptoms:

 
Alcohol use Increased smoking
Anxiety Jaw pain
Blushing Lightheadedness
Chest pain Lowered sexual desire or performance
Chills Migraine headaches
Cold, sweaty hands Moodiness
Constant fatigue Muscle tension and pain
Constipation Nausea
Depression Nervous diarrhea
Dizziness Night sweats
Drug use Nightmares
Dry mouth Overeating
Faintness Overreaction to small things
Forgetfulness Panic
Frequent anger and frustration Poor concentration
Frequent colds or flu Problems swallowing
Frequent crying spells Rashes
Frequent urination Reduced work efficiency or productivity
Frowning Ringing in ears
Gambling or spending Shortness of breath without exercising
Gritting or grinding of teeth Stomach cramps
Heartburn Tension headaches
Hives Trembling
Increased perspiration Worry
 

This is not a complete list. These symptoms can have other causes which may involve some disease process. Check with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms before starting a stress reduction program. However, if your doctor rules out other possible causes, you have hope that you can take control of your symptoms and stress and reduce them. Practicing one of more of the following exercises on a regular basis can enhance and maintain wellness.

 
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, try one of these stress reducers:

Relaxation Strategies

Introduction and discussion of stress management
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1. The relaxation response
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2. Deep breathing
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3. Progressive muscle relaxation
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4. Scanning relaxation
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5. Relaxing imagery
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6. Cue controlled relaxation
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7. Mindfulness Meditation
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Mindfulness: Understanding and Practice
This is a second article on the practice of mindfulness which is based for the most part on a book by Jon Kabat Zinn, "Full Catastrophe Living". This will be a work in progress, so return from time to time to see new additions.
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Relaxing Music Recommendations
Music is a way of bringing you to a state of relaxation. Dr. Kidder has selected specific MP3 tracks and albums which you might find helpful.
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Resources on stress management (books and web sites)
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Video Order Form
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Video
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