Stress

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    To reduce stress in the afternoon, take two or three minutes to write down five things for which you are grateful. Be sure to write them down, instead of just mentally noting them. The act of writing will drive home the positive messages. Doing this is a powerful way to help you shift perspective. Your gratitude can be as simple as having a roof over your head or food in your stomach. They can be phrased as, “I love my dog” or “I am happy the sun is out.” Taking time to pause and reflect on the many gifts in your life -- which you may take for granted -- will help you stay resilient and relax after a stressful day.
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    What can men do to feel happier, less stressed out and less anxious?
    A man's sex drive is most certainly affected by stress; if a man is anxious, his libido/desire for sex decreases. Watch me discuss the various factors that can help men enjoy a healthier libido and more robust sex life..
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    You can learn to manage how you respond to stressors through relaxation, meditation, some forms of psychotherapy and exercise, among other methods. However, you can also work to reduce the stressors in your life, such as learning to say no to some commitments, simplifying your life or leaving a bad job or relationship. Sometimes techniques that you undertake to reduce your stress response and improve coping (for example, meditation and psychotherapy) can lead you to choose to reduce the stressors in your life because you begin to see more clearly what needs to change.
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    When should a man see a doctor about stress?
    A man should see his doctor regularly -- as often as he tunes up his car! In this video, I will discuss the importance of regular doctor visits, and when it may be time to talk to your doctor about symptoms of anxiety and stress.
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    When you're coping with stress, it's important to stay connected to your partner. Here are some tips for maintaining (or getting back) that important intimacy:
    • Make a list. Learn about yourself and what brings you sensual and sexual pleasure. Tell your partner exactly what you like in bed. For instance, if there's a move or position you really love but haven't tried in years, try it the next chance you get.
    • Make another list -- for your partner. Include all the things that get you in the mood. It could be as simple as having your partner put the kids to bed and clean the kitchen after dinner so you can have some downtime or as complex as the both of you learning to communicate feelings so you can feel closer emotionally.
    • Learn to play. Other than a board game or a game of catch with your kids, when was the last time you played with your partner? Have the two of you ever played? Well, now is the time. Try a round of golf in which you get a kiss for every stroke. Or feed each other your favorite foods: try licking whipped cream off each other's bodies or substitute some other pleasurable treat.
    • Write love letters. Describe why you fell in love with each other and why you still love each other.
    • Touch each other. For one week, spend time each day touching each other with the understanding that you will not have sex. Now imagine how you'll feel by day seven!
    • Get another opinion. Ask a friend whose opinion you trust to describe your partner's and your best qualities.
    • Get a couples massage.
    • Get away. Out of the house -- even out of town, if possible. Rent a room in a place and only leave the room for meals. Or, order room service! If the budget is tight, create romance wherever you can afford. Go out for an inexpensive romantic date one night a week. A moonlit walk in the park can be very romantic.
    • Learn something new. Tell each other three things your partner does not know about you. Then have your partner do the same.
    • Rent an adult movie or read passages from an erotic book to each other. Buy a flavored massage oil, share with your partner and play!
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    Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo - What are the signs and symptoms of toxic worrying?
    Signs and symptoms of toxic worrying can include sleep issues, weight gain, wrinkles, digestive issues and muscular tension. In this video, clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, explains some of the symptoms that accompany toxic worrying.
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    The Sharecare App is a lifestyle solution that translates your daily events (e.g. stress, sleep, relationships, activity) into into insights that you can use to better your health and well-being. It actually is only the “tip of the spear” for a much larger platform we call Living in the Green. Living in the Green is both a philosophy and a technology for better living. It analyzes the events in a user’s life in order to help you find patterns and, ultimately, lead to a healthier, happier life. The app that you can now download from the Google Play Store for Android devices includes your daily Living in the Green status as well as the acclaimed RealAge Test to check your biological age. It also provides you with insights such as your most stressful days in any given week, and your top influencers. You’ll gain even more insights as you continue to use the app. 
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    Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo - What is toxic worrying?
    Toxic worrying is worry that can't be controlled, which can have an adverse impact on multiple aspects of your life. In this video, clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, defines the concept of toxic worrying, and why it can be harmful.
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    Reading is a natural way to stay calm and relax. Devices like televisions, tablets and computers emit blue light -- which has been associated with disrupting sleep cycles and making it harder to fall asleep. Reading helps you relax and has been proven to lead to better overall sleep.
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    Stretching is an effective strategy to aid in the relief of stress. It lengthens the muscles to relieve tension, and can be done almost anywhere. Try these quick ways to relax your body and spirit:

    Upper back stretch:
    • Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
    • Clasp your hands in front of you, arms parallel to floor.
    • Keep your head relaxed.
    • Round your upper back. Push hands forward, palms away from body.
    • Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.
    Neck stretch:
    • Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
    • Drop chin to your chest.
    • Place hands on back of head. Gently push down until you feel slight stretch.
    • Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.
    Towel stretch for legs:
    • Dish or hand towels can help you stretch.
    • Lie on your back, abdominal muscles tightened, knees bent, feet on floor.
    • Extend one leg toward ceiling. Keep knee slightly bent.
    • Place towel behind back of leg or ankle (not behind knee), holding both ends.
    • Pull towel toward your chest until you feel stretch.
    • Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.