Safe Family: Stress-free living

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

Research shows stress can weaken the immune system, contribute to insomnia and even cancer. A recent Gallup poll finds a whopping 90 percent of doctor visits are stress-related.

“Stress takes a huge toll on your health. It s been linked from everything to heart disease, to high blood pressure, to diabetes,” said Pam O’Brien, Fitness' articles director.

Stressed on the job? You re not alone 80 percent of workers are feeling the heat

“You can’t eliminate stress from your life, but you can learn how to manage it.”

A high-tech way to deal

Learn to relax your mind and body using biofeedback. This interactive program healing rhythms guides you through interactive exercises lead by Doctors Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, and Andrew Weil -- teaching you to relieve stress. Finger sensors send your body’s signals to your computer, where you can watch your mind & body play together on-screen.

How else to decompress?

“It’s really important, instead of staying hunched over your computer all day long if you can once an hour, get up for five minutes, walk around, go talk to a colleague,” said O’Brien.

For most, a lunch hour is not possible. A recent USA Today poll finds more than half of workers eat lunch at their desks.

How many minutes are enough for the optimum break? Health experts say just ten will do. To remind Americans to take a break everyday Nonni Biscotti launched the ‘Take 10’ campaign.

First on the detox list? Put the cell and Blackberry away, make sure to leave your desk and email behind. If you work at home, take a walk around the block.

“When your body is stressed you really need lots of vitamins and minerals.”

Don’t know what vitamins are best for you? The vitamin advisor offers free recommendations -- just take the questionnaire on the web site, drweil.com. (Link available at bottom of page.) They’ll create a special balance of vitamins and minerals just for you. The daily packs are delivered right to your door. Talk about no stress!

As always check with your doctor if you have specific health needs.

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