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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
stress-free lifestyle. Stress Health Network

24 Hour Help For Headaches

f you frequently suffer from headaches, become your own "doctor." Of course, it's important to visit your real doctor and rule out a serious condition. But learning what causes your headaches, how to prevent them and how to treat them when they occur can make a big difference in how much you suffer.

Prevention

Manage your stress. Reducing it sometimes can reduce the incidence of headaches.
Avoid known headache triggers. Keep a journal to help you identify whether items such as certain foods, alcohol, bright lights or preservatives trigger your headaches. If something specific seems to induce your headaches, try to avoid it. If you can't avoid a trigger, take a pain reliever ahead of time.
Get regular aerobic exercise. Doing so relieves stress and helps you relax.
Don't chew gum.
Eat a healthful diet.
Maintain erect posture. Don't slouch or jut your head forward.
Maintain a regular schedule for waking up, eating and going to bed.

Treatment
Take steps to relax. Rest in a comfortable position in a dark room. Breath deeply and stretch to relieve tension. Or ask someone to give you a massage. Sometimes sleep will get rid of a headache.
Let hot water from the shower beat down on your head.
Place a cold rag or an ice pack on the painful area. Or try it on the back of your neck.
Use biofeedback. (Biofeedback is a method used to help alter certain functions of the body such as heart rate or blood pressure.) Watch for classes where you can learn this skill.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor which pain reliever is best for your headaches.
Take only the recommended dosage of pain relievers. Overdoing it can increase your headache pain.
Take pain relievers when a headache begins. Waiting too long can slow relief.
Get moderate exercise. Working out during a headache may help you get rid of it.
Call your doctor if your headaches become unbearable or increase in frequency. Lots of new medicines are available that can nip headaches in the early stages.

Your Headache Journal
Keeping a record about your headaches can help you and your doctor make a plan to reduce their frequency and pain. Record information about every headache you have in a journal with the following entries:
Date
Time headache began
Time headache ended
How intense the pain was
Where you felt the pain (forehead, neck or one or both sides of the head
The kind of pain (throbbing, piercing, dull)
How you treated the headache
Whether the treatment was effective (and how long it took to take effect)
What you ate up to 24 hours before the headache
What events led up to the headache
How long you slept -- both the night before and to ease your headache pain
Any other comments that may be related

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