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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
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assist you on your path to a
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Health Checks

Your Health Checks

t's a good idea to re-evaluate your habits now and then to keep yourself on that healthy track for the new year. See how you check out:

My family has a fire emergency plan and we practice it periodically.
I never overload electrical outlets with too many plugs.
I have child-proofed my home or office if small children live or sometimes visit there.
I insist that everyone in my car wear seat belts, and small children are buckled into child safety seats.
My home is equipped withfire extinguisher fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. I check periodically to see that they're in working order.
I know CPR and other basic first-aid measures such as how to stop severe bleeding.
I regularly clean my medicine cabinet and discard outdated medicines.

Preventive Care
I have a physical exam as often as my doctor recommends.
I get prenatal care if I'm pregnant.
I know the early warning signs for any disease I'm at high risk for -- especially heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
If I'm a man, I do a monthly testicular self exam and I get a rectal exam after age 50.
I get a sigmoidoscopy (for colorectal cancer) once every 5 years, after age 50.
I've had my cholesterol and HDL level checked at least once.
I have my vision tested every 5 years or every 2-3 years if I wear glasses or contact lenses. I've had at least 1 glaucoma test.
If I'm a woman, I have mammograms and breast examinations as often as is recommended by the American Cancer Society for my age group. I examine my breasts monthly.
I have regular dental checkups and brush and floss at least once a day.

Healthy Habits
I don't smoke, or if I do, I'm cutting back.
I get 7 to 8 hours sleep most nights.
I exercise to the point of perspiration at least 3 times a week.
I wear sunscreen with an SPF sunscreen of at least 15 and limit my time in the sun.
I'm working to reduce the fat in my diet to less than 30%.
I've chosen medical professionals whose expertise I trust. I can comfortably discuss my health with any of them.
I eat at least 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
I don't drink alcohol, or I limit what I do drink.
I maintain my weight proportional to my height.
I have incorporated a strength-building program into my weekly routine.
I "cool" my exercise program or cross train 1 or 2 days a week so my body will have time to repair muscle fiber damage.
I follow exact instructions when taking medicine.
I know the proper way to lift to protect my back.
I include plenty of fiber in my diet to reduce my risk of cancer.

Managing Stress
I do something fun at least once a week.
I try not to put off important tasks.
I live within my income.
I have developed a support network of friends and acquaintances.
My work and personal papers are reasonably organized.
I have a sense of humor about life.
If this is a stressful time because of divorce, job pressures or health problems, I am taking positive steps to make things better.
I relax to music or some other activity that puts me at ease at least once a week.
I give and receive affection regularly.
I spend regular "play" time with my spouse, children or other significant people in my life.
I try to identify situations that are stressful to me and avoid them when possible.
I've learned to be patient when things don't happen as fast as I'd like them to.
Soothing the Savage Sore Throat

hat rough, scratchy feeling at the back of your throat makes it uncomfortable to talk or swallow. It's often a symptom of a cold, the flu, laryngitis, infectious mononucleosis or a common childhood viral illness such as chickenpox, mumps or measles. While it's uncomfortable, the pain of a sore throat doesn't usually last more than a few days and you can take some steps for relief.
Easing the Rawness
Don't smoke.

Avoid smoke-filled rooms and chemical fumes.

Drink lots of liquids to thin the mucus.

Gargle warm salt water to clear your throat of mucus.

Take pain relievers such as aspirin (but never give aspirin to children) or acetaminophen.

Don't talk if your sore throat is caused by laryngitis.

Suck on cough drops or hard candy to keep your throat moist.

Use a saline nasal spray. (This can be bought at any drug store or you can mix 1/2 teaspoon salt to a quart of water.)

Add moisture to the air with a humidifier or by placing pans of water around the room. This prevents the mucous membranes of the nose and throat from getting too dry.

Eye Blinker

t happens all the time. Something blows into your eye causing pain, redness and a river of tears. You can hardly stop blinking long enough to see what it might be. What's the best way to remove that small, foreign object? Read on.

First Aid for Eyes
Wash your hands before touching your eye.
Don't rub your eye. This may push the fragment deeper, making it more difficult to remove.
Don't attempt to remove anything that's embedded in your eyeball or resting on your iris (the colored part of your eye). Instead, seek immediate medical help.

Ask a friend (with clean hands) to help if you can't remove the object yourself.
Removing object with the corner of a clean tissue or cloth.
Floating the object out with sterile eye drops.
Floating it off by blinking under water.
Pulling your upper lid outward and downward.
If you can't remove the object, get emergency medical treatment.
Take Your Medicine
Whether it's to dry up that runny nose or stop that cough, many of us will be taking medicine this winter. For over-the-counter medications or prescriptions, be careful to take the right amounts.

Check any medication for signs of tampering before you buy or use it.

Read and follow the label instructions for the proper dosage.

Never increase the dosage on the theory that you need more because you're sicker (or if two work well, four must work even better!).
Never take more than one medication at the same time without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Use an appropriate-sized measuring device.

Don't confuse the abbreviations for teaspoon (t. or tsp.) and tablespoon (T. or Tbsp.).

Don't guess how much to take. Never just take a "swig" or a "handful."

Ask for and use child-resistant caps, and lock medicines out of reach if you have children.

Follow age-limit, pregnancy, nursing-mother and other health-related recommendations on the label.

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