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
Headway Against Headaches
ore than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. But being in such good company isn't a reason to put up with these miseries. Actively work to help your doctor diagnose the cause of your headaches, and maybe you can be relieved of some suffering. After all, lots of new medications and treatments are available. With feedback, your doctor may be able to pinpoint help for you.
One of the most difficult aspects of diagnosing and treating headaches is that they have so many causes. The most helpful information you can give your doctor is a detailed headache journal. The journal lines out your lifestyle, what kind of pain you have, its severity and its frequency. Keeping a headache journal will help your doctor determine what causes yourheadaches.
To keep a headache journal, list the following and anything else you suspect may be contributing to your headaches. Note what you did on the day before as well as on the day your headache began.
Food. List all food and beverages consumed.
Exercise. List what physical activities you participated in, what time of day you participated and how much fluid you took in.
Other activities. Note whether you spent time reading, watching television, riding in a vehicle, sitting for long periods of time. Were you slouching? Were you facing the sun for a while?
Weather. How hot was it? Were there any low- or high-pressure fronts?
Medications. Note what medicines you took and why -- especially if they aren't medicines you take regularly or are new ones.
Menstruation. If you're a woman, note whether you're on your menstrual period or not.
Stress. Note any situations that cause undue stress.
Also, keep track of your headaches. Note the date and the duration, and rate the level of pain from one to five (five being the most severe). Try to pinpoint where you felt the pain (at the front of your head, in the back or behind your eyes). Also, discuss the type of pain. Is it throbbing, constant, searing or some other type? And note what you did to try to relieve your pain and whether it was successful or not.
For more information about headaches contact
American Council for Headache Education (ACHE)
National Headache Foundation