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Health Net Offers Tips To Reduce Stress At Home

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

As many Americans will attest, home, sweet home isnt always a stress-free zone. With April being Stress Awareness Month, Health Net, Inc.[1], (HNT[2]) is offering tips designed to reduce stress at home. Homegrown stress can be traced to numerous sources a noisy environment, an unhappy spouse, financial worries, or even mundane domestic duties such as doing the laundry or mowing the lawn.

Stress is not a subject to be taken lightly. As Patricia Buss, M.D., medical and health care services operations officer for Health Net, Inc., explains, Stress has been linked to a broad range of psychological and physical disorders.

In fact, according to the American Institute of Stress, studies have uncovered a connection between stress and depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, commoncolds, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

Symptoms of Stress

Recognizing that youre experiencing stress is the first step toward managing stress. Thefollowing are some common physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms associated withstress:

  • Physical signs headaches, light-headedness, rapid breathing and heartbeat, sweaty palms, dry mouth, stomachaches and trouble sleeping or concentrating;
  • Emotional signs depression, anxiety, nightmares, crying spells or feeling unable to cope;
  • Behavioral signs irritability, impatience, anger, aggression, social isolation, lack of energy, changes in appetite, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, boredom, significant alcohol or drug use and diminished sex drive.

Ten Tips to Make your Home a Haven

Health Nets behavioral health subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., offers the following strategies designed to help make your home life happier and healthier:

  • Express yourself If you feel in any way mistreated by a member of your household, you need to speak up and diplomatically express whats bothering you. Doing so can serve to strengthen your self-esteem while simultaneously lowering your stress level;
  • Slim down your schedule Having an overflowing home to-do list almost invariably leads to stress. Dont take on too many projects or commitments at once. Learn to prioritize and say no;
  • Select a stress-management activity Find a relaxation-inducing activity and weave it into your daily routine. Examples include meditating, doing yoga, knitting, listening to music or gardening;
  • Take action For many people, financial pressures are a major source of stress. Taking action to address the issue can help you feel more in control of the situation, and this in turn could help lessen your stress. Possible action steps include creating a budget, increasing your savings and exploring ways to earn more income;
  • Accept what you cant control There are many situations in life that simply are out of our control, and if you fail to recognize such situations, your stress level is likely to skyrocket. By learning to distinguish between those instances in which you can have an impact and those in which you cannot, you may feel both more productive and less overwhelmed;
  • Surround yourself with supportive people The people you consider to be your inner circle should be sources of solace, not stress. If this isnt the case, its time to re-examine just who should be in that circle;
  • Get organized Living in an organized, tidy house coupled with creating a feasible, prioritized home to-do list brings with it a sense of control; and that sense of control may be accompanied by a decrease in stress. Additionally, by developing a system that corrals household items such as keys, sunglasses, and cell phones you may avoid that frazzled feeling that comes with constantly being in search mode;
  • Make time for fun Simple activities can make for a home steeped in happiness, not stress. Consider these simple but fun pastimes reading to your child, playing with a pet, or making a meal with family or friends;
  • Create a personal space Its important for each of us to have a physical space where we can spend time away from others. This doesnt have to be a formal space; it can simply be a lounge chair in the backyard or a couch in the basement anywhere that enables you to relax and quiet your thoughts.
  • Infuse your home with calm Your homes physical surroundings can contribute to creating a sense of calm, so integrate natural elements such as stone, wood and plants. Its also recommended that walls be painted in cool, calming colors such as light greens and soft blues. Another suggestion is to integrate soothing lighting by using lamps with dimmer switches.

While stress can never be completely removed from any environment, these tips will help keep the sweet in home, sweet home.

Medical Advice Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for professional medical care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition and follow your health care providers instructions.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.3million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Part D), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs, managed health care products related to prescription drugs, managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers, and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Nets website at www.healthnet.com[3].

References

  1. ^ Health Net, Inc. (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ HNT (finance.yahoo.com)
  3. ^ www.healthnet.com (cts.businesswire.com)

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    What Are Some Good Health/fitness Tips? Im a fourteen years old and i been trying to lose weight for a month and only loss two pounds and i want to lose a lot of weight before the summer ends (seven weeks)

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      TIP 1. Study.
      Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.

      Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong, Bobybuilding.com, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it. And, avoid magazine and other cheap commercial informational products about fitness, glamour, muscle building, fashion and fads. Don’t be part of the “herd” unless you want to look, feel, and perform like the “herd”.

      Use books, especially late edition text books on subjects such as nutrition, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology…especially exercise physiology. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

      Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.

      You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.

      TIP 2. Don’t micromanage
      Your body is a work in progress. You won’t have your adult body for almost a decade. Don’t try to make changes which may go against nature while nature is developing you physically. Sure, everyone wants to be svelte and fit and so should you. However, you don’t want to try to lose fat, for example, when your body is trying to build muscle unless you are very much over weight. Trying to reduce body fat to 15%, for example, can inhibit the growth of muscle and important tissues. You at the age where eating disorders begin to manifest themselves so avoid obsessing about food, fat, and body image.

      TIP 3. Eat a good and proper diet
      This is easy said than done. Learn to read and understand food labels, count calories, manage macro nutrient ratios, etc. You are what you eat and your long term health and well being are very much dependent on your ability to eat properly for now and the rest of your life.

      TIP 4. Exercise
      Exercise does not have to be work. It can be dancing or walking or swimming or anything that involve low risk, a wider variety of motions and muscle contractions, and elevates your heart rate to 80% of max where max is 230 – your age and sustains it at that level for 20 minutes several times a week. And, build muscle too. Only muscle offers all of the following.
      • Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
      • Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
      • More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
      • Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
      • Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
      • Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
      • Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
      • Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
      • Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30
      • Minimal wear & tear (low risk)
      It only take a couple of hours of hard work to build strength.

      TIP 5. Be happy
      Manage your stress. Keep your reactions in proper proportion, your negative emotions in check, and don’t be a drama queen. Do those things which bring you happiness.

      TIP 6. Use this website.
      Be sure to bookmark it and use it. It’s been recommended by the people your doctor listens to, US National Institute of Health, and has tons of information about your growing and changing body. –> http://teenshealth.org/teen/

      Good luck and good health!!

      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
      • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
      • BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
      • BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
      • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

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