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Health Tips for May 8

Posted May 08 2009 10:33pm

Health Tip: Learn to Manage Your Stress

Today's women often manage many roles, including partner, friend, mother, daughter, employee and manager of the home.

With all of that going on, the Cleveland Clinic says women may be prone to the following conditions if they don't take the time to manage their stress:

  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Dissatisfaction with themselves and life.
  • Anger and hostility.
  • Problems in relationships.
  • Poor physical health.
  • Alcohol dependence.

Health Tip: Allow Yourself to Grieve

While you're grieving because of a major life change or loss, you need time to cope.

Rotary International offers these suggestions to help manage grieving:

  • Accept your loss, and deal with your feelings. Ignoring your emotions may lead to emotional and physical problems later.
  • Be creative in expressing your emotions. Try writing in a journal, writing a letter or creating a photo album or scrapbook.
  • Stay physically healthy with a good diet, plenty of sleep and regular exercise.
  • Avoid using drugs and alcohol to deal with grief.
  • Allow yourself to grieve on your own schedule. Express whatever emotions you feel -- cry, laugh or just be sad.
  • Know that grief may re-emerge at certain times, such as on birthdays or holidays. Don't let it surprise you, and try to prepare for it as much as you can.
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