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Stress

Food for Thought

Monday, April 4, 2011

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Monday, April 4, 2011

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When stress levels get out of control, some of us reach for that tub of chocolate ice cream in the freezer or dive into the bag of chips in the cupboard. While the chocolate bliss may drown out the millions of things on your to-do list, and munching on chips may help to ease the anxiety you feel as you tackle a project, both ultimately leave you with the same level of stress you had before you started snacking. However, some foods are healthy, nutritious, and de-stressing!

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Relax with Reiki

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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We all have different techniques we use to relieve stress in our lives - working out, deep breathing, yoga…but I doubt many of you have heard of Reiki. This increasingly popular stress reduction technique is a Japanese practice that means “spiritually guided life force energy.” The idea behind the method is that there is an unseen energy that flows through our bodies. Low energy causes one to get sick or have a higher stress level where as a high energy allows one to live a happy, relaxed life.

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What's Homework, Again?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Author: 
Sarah Sceery
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Unfortunately, that nice, long five-week break is over for college students. Gone (for the next four months) are the days of sleeping for as long as you wanted, going to the gym for as long as you wanted, and not having any lingering class projects hanging over your head. Returning to school and resuming classes after a long break can bring up mixed emotions.

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Do You Need an Advocate?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Author: 
Erica Cross
Friday, January 28, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Graur Codrin

Everyone deserves a voice. The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, SHARPP, is open to anyone in the UNH community (students, faculty, and staff) to help you find your voice. Going through domestic or sexual violence is terrifying.  SHARRP’s advocates work with you to connect you to the right resources to help you get back on your feet.

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Breathe Your Way to Stress Relief

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Graur Codrin

Breathing exercises have long been considered a sacred and respected tool utilized by many cultures to achieve mental and physical balance within the body. More recently, physicians, therapists and trainers alike have encouraged deep breathing to help ease tension, cleanse the body, boost energy, and relieve stress. Essentially you can “exercise” anywhere at any time to provide relief and relaxation. Breathing exercises last from 5-10 minutes and just require two tools; your body and your mind.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Author: 
Sarah Sceery
Friday, January 7, 2011

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Has Facebook gotten the best of you? Like many others in the world of social media today, people spend excessive amounts of time online…and I’m more than willing to admit that I’m one of them.

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Facial Reflexology for Stress Relief

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Author: 
Katie Cardinal
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photo: Courtesy of Michal Marcol

When you get angry or happy or sad, where do you show your emotions first? Your face, of course! Your face is one of the most expressive parts of your body to the outside world. From talking, chewing, and laughing to grinding teeth, smiling, and frowning, your face gets quite a workout on a daily basis. For this reason, facial muscles hold a lot of stress and tension simply due to living. But what if there was something to do in order to reduce the tension in your face and your overall stress level?

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Hypnotizing the Stress Away

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Author: 
Katie Cardinal
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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What do you think of when you hear the word hypnotism? Do you envision a person fluttering around stage like a butterfly? Or how about a person on stage that sees everyone in the audience as being naked? Comic hypnotists have shaped our opinions and ideas when it comes to hypnotism and the hypnotic state. What many don’t realize is that hypnotism can actually be used as a stress reduction technique.

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Photo: Courtesy of Arvind Balarman

A NPR interview done with UCLA professor Rita Effros, discussed the effect stress plays on the immune system and how a hormone can be too much of  a good thing. Effros states “it all starts with Cortisol, a hormone we produce when we’re stressed”.

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A Stressful End to Summer?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who is reluctantly bidding farewell to summer, but why does it always seem that as summer nears its end, the endless “to do” list begins to grow and what should have been a care-free, relaxing end starts slipping away. A stressful end to summer, that doesn’t sound right. Summer should be about spending time on the beach, catching up with friends, and eat ice cream on a hot afternoon, not running around getting your back-to-school essentials. Feeling under enough stress already with classes and work beginning, we could all use a little help trying to unwind.

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