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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

Calming That Fussy Baby

'was just after take-off and all through the plane, not a creature was stirring except for...your baby. What's more stressful than a baby who won't stop fussing and crying when you're traveling? The noise and tension makes you a nervous wreck, and you don't want your child to disturb others. Try the following techniques to help quiet your baby so everyone can enjoy a calmer trip.
Feed your baby.
Be as calm as possible and speak in a reassuring tone.
Avoid loud or sudden noises.
Hold your baby in different positions: upright over your shoulder, cradled in your arms or laying face down across your forearm.
If it's possible to be up from your seat, carry your baby while rocking him or her with a gentle, repetitive motion.
Play soft music, sing or hum.
Wipe your baby down with a moistened towelette.
Stroke or massage the baby's back, arms and legs.
Try to discover a game, picture, scene or toy your baby enjoys.

Note: If your baby is continually fussy, see your doctor when you return home to rule out a medical cause.

Should You Use a Pacifier?

A pacifier can be a good way to calm a baby. Studies show it won't interfere with breast-feeding during a baby's first three months of life. After that, you may want to avoid its use if you want to continue nursing.

If you do use a pacifier, make sure it's a safe one. Choose a dishwasher-safe, one-piece pacifier with a soft nipple. Be sure to wash it before its first use and frequently after that. Check the pacifier often for discoloration, cracks and tears. If you discover damage, discard it.

Three additional safety precautions:
Don't hang a pacifier around your baby's neck or tie it to the crib. Doing so may prevent the pacifier from being lost, but it's dangerous for your baby. The string or chain could become tangled or hooked on something and strangle your baby.
Don't use a pacifier to help your baby fall asleep unless you're watching.
Don't use the nipple of a bottle as a pacifier. The nipple can be sucked out of the plastic ring and choke your baby.

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