Keys to Managing Stress

Recognizing Stress

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress?
For some people, frightening memories of a terrible event can resurface months or even years after the ordeal. In reliving the event, people become fearful and unable to cope with daily life.

Responding Better to Stress

Managing Stress
A nutritious, well-balanced diet and exercise can keep your body fit and able to resist disease, and exercise is an excellent way to elevate your mood.
Help for Tension Headaches
Almost everyone has a tension headache from time to time. These headaches aren’t caused by disease. They are so common they are considered to be “normal” headaches.
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.
Stress-Fighting Strategies for Every Stage of Life
Stress is a constant in all stages of life, but the causes—and coping mechanisms—of stress often change as we age.
Keep Anxiety from Controlling Your Life
Teaching yourself ways to relax can help settle anxiety before it starts to overwhelm you. Simple lifestyle habits can help you stay calm and in control when you feel the effects of stress.

Living a Healthy Life

Keep Your Noggin Fit with Brain Exercise
Active thinking pumps extra blood into your brain. Getting more blood to the brain is an important way to counteract the effects of aging.
Healthy Secrets: Avoiding the Ravages of Age
You can't stop the aging clock, but research shows you can at least slow it down.
Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a system of medicine based on the idea that disease is caused by an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness.
Tai Chi: Exercise for Mind and Body
Tai chi is called a mind-body type of exercise because it combines meditation, focused breathing, and physical movement. Because it’s also a low-impact exercise, it may be particularly well suited for older adults, but it’s a beneficial exercise for people of all ages.
Move to the Music: Dancing as Exercise
The benefits of dancing go well beyond heart health and physical fitness. Dancing, especially group dance activities, provides opportunities for people of all ages to be socially and mentally engaged, as well.

Relaxing to Slow Down

Body Movement
Tai chi and yoga are two forms of non-aerobic movement and controlled breathing that can be practiced to reduce stress and anxiety.
The Power of Meditation
Meditation allows you to become more awake and more deliberate about your actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to situations in your life.
10 Good Reasons to Try Yoga
Regardless of which type you choose, yoga is an excellent way to stretch and strengthen your body, focus your mind and relax your spirit.
Using Yoga to Relieve Stress
Yoga is one of the few stress-relief tools that has a positive effect on all the body systems involved.
Relaxation Techniques That Really Work
To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.
Imagery
By creating images in the mind, a person can reduce pain and symptoms associated with his or her condition.
Hypnosis
Hypnosis is an altered, relaxed state of mind, often used to help learn to control bad habits, pain, and stress.
Tai Chi: Exercise for Mind and Body
Tai chi is called a mind-body type of exercise because it combines meditation, focused breathing, and physical movement. Because it’s also a low-impact exercise, it may be particularly well suited for older adults, but it’s a beneficial exercise for people of all ages.