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
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
Growing Fit in the Garden
ou reap what you sow in the garden -- beautiful flowers, tasty vegetables and a fit body, or weeds and backaches. Gardening can be a rigorous activity. To get the most physical benefits out of it, remember the following fitness tips.
| Limber up with simple stretches before you begin your gardening sessions. Be especially conscious of the muscles in the back, shoulders and backs of your legs (hamstrings).
Don't overstress your lower back. When you pick something up, stand close to the object and bend at the knees -- not at the waist. When kneeling, keep the natural curves of your back, without leaning forward. Don't hunch over or bend forward for extended periods.
Lifting, rotating or twisting the spine and bending forward from the waist are particularly stressful to your back. These movements should be done carefully or avoided when possible.
Choose user-friendly equipment. Make sure tools are long enough so you don't have to bend to work. Also, save wear and tear on the knees by using knee pads, a kneeling stool or cushions to protect them.
Vary your activities so that both lower and upper body muscles are worked each gardening session. Switching activities helps tone your entire body and can keep certain muscles from becoming overworked and sore.
Upper-body activities: hoeing, planting, clipping, weeding, pruning and raking.
Lower-body activities: pushing a mower or wheelbarrow, lifting and carrying.