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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

Typical Traits of Happy Families

ith so much attention being given to dysfunctional, or unhealthy, families, little has been said about the qualities that define a family as being healthy. These include stability, the ability to be reasonably happy and the ability to meet the needs of all individual members.

The following functional traits, experts note, apply to all of the various family formats and cultures present in America today:

Healthy families provide for the nurturing and emotional well-being of the parents or authority figures. If the parents or adults in charge are supportive and caring of each other, it has a very beneficial trickle-down impact on other family members.
Healthy families have good communication. This pretty much sets the stage for success in all other areas. A key aspect is that in a healthy family, the parent or parents provide leadership and set ground rules, with some flexibility within that leadership. For example, they allow children to make choices that are appropriate for their age, whether it's to organize a family activity, choose their own clothing or solve a school- or peer-related problem. The best families have authoritative -- not authoritarian -- leadership. They're also willing to collaborate in order to solve issues, even if they don't always agree.
Healthy families make balanced family time a priority. Mealtimes, family conferences and other formats are useful and can be changed and adapted depending on the age of the children and what is occurring in the family. Most important, families should balance work, chores and serious issues with some good times together. These family activities help create attachments and emotional connectedness, which is essential for a healthy family.

Families have life cycles and stages, just as the individuals within them do. Flexibility and a willingness to adapt are critical, as is an awareness that some times are going to be higher stress than others for any family. Among the most common stressors are financial difficulties, illness, a birth, a death, a divorce or the addition of a stepparent, siblings or a grandparent coming to live with the family. Any of these developments may trigger a time when the healthy family's rules should be adapted or changed.

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