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Resilience Tip: Nurture Your Relationships!

Because July is Social Wellness Month, it's the perfect time to focus on your relationships: keeping healthy, focusing on communication skills, cultivating a supportive relationship.  Why?  Because healthy relationships provide a buffer against stress while loneliness and conflict create it.  Happy Social Wellness Month, my friends!

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Celebrate Anti-Boredom Month

The month of July--Anti-Boredom Month--provides a great opportunity to find new ways to enjoy life. You can create positive feelings and reduce stress this way during the rest of the year as well.

The Surprising Benefits of Re-Runs

If you find yourself watching television to de-stress, don't be too quick to chastise yourself for wasting time; you may be smarter about stress relief than you realize. Research suggests that watching television, particularly re-runs, brings specific benefits for stress management. Learn more about what these are, and pat yourself on the back.

Easy Stress Relief: Shortcuts To Relaxation

When you're feeling stressed, you may feel too overwhelmed to take on the very stress management habits that will have the greatest positive impact, such as exercise or regular meditation. At times like these, it can be more beneficial to find stress relief techniques that require very little effort, which allow you to reduce stress in the present moment and regain the energy to take on a more involved habit if you choose. The following low-stress stress relievers are perfect for when you just need to relax but don't have much energy left.

Threat Vs. Challenge: A Key To Stress Relief

You may be surprised to learn how one simple shift in thinking can help you change your whole experience of a stressful situation, and even respond to challenges more effectively. Learn what research has to say about your perception of the challenges you face, and find simple strategies to help you more effectively cope with whatever you face in life.

Is Perfectionism Keeping You Perfectly Stressed?

If you feel perfectionism has created needless stress in your life, you're probably right. You can free yourself of the stressful grip of perfectionism and become even more able to reach your goals--without all that stress! Here is how to ease up on yourself without sacrificing achievement or happiness.

Stress and Relationships: When To Disengage From Conflict

How you relate to people can sometimes create more stress than you realize. Here is how to reexamine your relating style and make changes if necessary; your stress levels may be dramatically lowered as a result!

Rumination: Why It's So Difficult To Stop Obsessing

Rumination can grab on and not let go; most people have experienced it from time to time. Why is it sometimes so hard to stop thinking about stressful events from the past? Here is why it's hard to mentally move on, and what you can do to free your mind from rumination.

How Your Perspective On Tests Can Affect Your Performance

Who is most affected by test anxiety, and how can one increase performance on tests if anxiety is affecting memory recall? This research provides answers. You'll also find new ways to cope and recover if test anxiety has been sabotaging your performance.

Aromatherapy: Helpful Or Hype?

Aromatherapy is touted as an effective stress reliever by virtually every bed and bath store across the country. But does it work? Here is what research has to say on the matter, with tips on how you can best use aromatherapy to your advantage.

Simple Stress Management: A Quick Plan That Works

When stress becomes chronic, it can create a negative cycle of increasing stress levels that can take a heavy toll on health and happiness. This three-step strategy is simple and effective, and can be customized to fit well with any personality and lifestyle.

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