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Health Minute Talks About Stress Management

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  Original Published: 12/2/2013 Stress can rear its sometimes ugly head anytime and anywhere. And, left unmanaged, can have negative effects on our health. In today's Health Minute, Susan Hendricks has more on one program designed to help people control it. Paula Skrzypek has been caring for her mother for five years, in addition to working a full-time job. She is exhausted. To help manage her stress, Paula uses an online tool developed by her co-workers at the Cleveland Clinic. "It's guided imagery, it's progressive muscle relaxation, it's different breathing techniques," says Dr. Michael Roiszen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. "Different meditation techniques." For a small, one-time fee, participants sign up online and fill out a questionaire to pinpoint the causes of their stress. Then, they go through a six-week course to learn and practice different ways to manage it. Dr. Roizen says stress level reduction is of critical importance. "Seventy percent of the cost of medical care in America is caused by chronic disease, tobacco, physical inactivity, food choice and portion size and unmanaged stress," he says. "Turns out, the unmanaged stress may vbe the highest one because it causes the food choices and it may cause the tobacco, etc." He says one of the keys to success is continuing with the relaxation techniques after the six-week period, like Paula does. She says the program has helped her learn to take life one step at a time. "You just have to be mindful and stay relaxed, focused for the moment," she says. "Just live in the moment."
   
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