By Catarina Rodrigues, Featured Health Story
Three and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is what happens when the upper portion of your stomach slides up into your chest because there is an opening (a “hiatus”) in your diaphragm. This causes the person to experience severe acid reflux and discomfort, among other symptoms. When my doctor explained this to me, as—you may imagine—it all sounded quite frightening. He told me that this was essentially an incurable condition and that surgery was not recommended at my age.
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Do you ever have trouble falling asleep at night? If so, you are not alone. For many, relaxation before bedtime may mean watching TV or scrolling through social media on the smartphone. But this does little to reduce the damaging health effects of chronic stress and can actually harm the quality of your sleep. Bedtime relaxation exercises, on the other hand, are designed to help your body let go of tension, causing you to fall asleep faster while experiencing deeper and better quality sleep. Combined with effective stress management skills, you end up equipped with a powerful, stress-busting combo. This article guides you through three essential relaxation techniques designed to help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed.
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Let’s face it; life can be stressful. Sometimes, it can feel like we don’t even have 10 minutes to spare. Even if you know all the Stress Management skills, sometimes one just needs a quick break from the stresses of a busy day—in the middle of the day. At these times, instant relaxation techniques can serve as lifesavers. These mini-relaxation techniques are powerful stress-busters that you can reach for anytime. Whether you’re preparing for an important meeting, stuck in traffic, or in the middle of an uncomfortable situation—these exercises can be a fast and effective tool to help you achieve instant relaxation so that you can confidently face the stresses of the day. So go ahead—take some time to try them all to see which ones work best for you.
Have 15 minutes to spare? Try a full relaxation technique for a total de-stressing experience.
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Do you ever feel suddenly overwhelmed by things you need to do, or get that anxious feeling where you just can’t focus on anything? You’re not alone. This article will show you how you can fight anxiety by present four scientifically proven, easy-to-do techniques that you can do anywhere that will help your body and mind reverse this fight or flight response, so that you can get back into a state of calm where you can focus on the task at hand.
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