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Stress Reduction Techniques

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EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT STRESS · Understand the benefits, dangers, process and effects of stress. · Identify your major sources of stress, both internal and external. · Anticipate stressful periods in your life and plan ahead if possible. · Develop stress management techniques and practice them on a regular basis, even when your are not experiencing noticeable stress. · Learn to identify the opportunities for learning and personal growth inherent in periods of increased stress. · Learn to self-monitor on an ongoing basis to recognize your own level of stress and to be aware of when your stress level is comfortable, too low or too high. DEVELOP A HEALTHY BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE · Have a good balance in your life in the following areas: family, close personal relationships, social activities, career pursuits, educational/intellectual pursuits, emotional expression, leisure activities, managing finances, physical health activities, self development and introspection, and spiritual development.·…

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Fear and Anxiety

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If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone. Excessive anxiety and worry is a common problem and one that can be treated. This problem can take the form of panic attacks, generalized anxiety, phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors, and agoraphobia. Excessive anxiety can ruin your life. It can cause you to avoid relationships or destroy the ones you have, disrupt your sleep, make you feel frightened, alone and afraid to leave your home, and restrict your normal activities. Anxiety can interfere with successful career progression, rob you of your peace of mind, and erode your self-confidence. It can lead to depression and make you feel like life is not worth living. At the core of every anxiety problem is a highly sensitive arousal system as well as a fear of the very essence of life itself. Your sensitivity to arousal is an attribute of…

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