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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Wellness Resources to Use This Week

By July 31, 2013

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There's a lot of talk about wellness these days, which is a very good thing. What is wellness? Wellness is not just about the absence of illness, but about making healthy lifestyle choices to promote optimal (or at least adequate) physical, emotional and psychological functioning. The good news about wellness is that there are many changes, ranging from minor to sweeping, that can positively impact our overall wellness in various ways, so while we start from different places on the wellness spectrum, the power to promote greater wellness for ourselves is within everyone's grasp.

Certain types of stress can be more damaging to our overall wellness than others, though all forms of stress (even eustress, the beneficial type of stress) can take a toll if you face enough of it. The types of stress you should do your best to eliminate from your life completely--the most damaging forms of stress, are those that feel unpredictable or uncontrollable; they're the hardest to manage, and to bounce back from. If you face this type of stress in your life and can't eliminate or even minimize it, it's all the more important for you to have stress relief strategies that can help you minimize the effects and reverse your body's stress response quickly.

Fortunately, many strategies for wellness have been found to be effective at reducing overall stress. The following wellness resources can give you more information on how to create greater wellness with simple changes in your habits:

How do you promote wellness in your own life? How would you like to start promoting greater wellness? Add your answer to the comments section or on the About Stress Management Facebook Page. And please pass this article on, to spread greater wellness among your friends and family. Enjoy your week!

Sources:
Baum, A., Cohen, L., & Hall, M. (1993). Control and intrusive memories as possible determinants of chronic stress. Psychosomatic Medicine, 55, 274 -286.
Cohen, S., Frank, E., Doyle, W. J., Skoner, D. P., Rabin, B. S., & Gwaltney, J. M. (1998). Types of stressors that increase susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults. Health Psychology, 17, 214-223.

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May 20, 2010 at 5:55 am
(1) stress says:

I am just focusing on eating better, getting some regular exercise, and sleeping as much as I need to sleep at night. I actually have found that when I do these things, I have much less stressed days.

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