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End of Year Stress Busters

Posted 9/27/2017 by UHBlog

End of Year Stress Busters

Help ease holiday-related stress in your workplace.

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Running Late

Posted 7/19/2017 by UHBlog

Running Late?

Understanding why you’re always late can be the first step to being on time.

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8 Stress-Busting Exercises You Can Do at Work

Posted 7/5/2017 by UHBlog

8 Stress-Busting Exercises You Can Do at Work

Follow these simple tips to help relieve your stress at work.

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Top After-Work Routines

Posted 6/14/2017 by UHBlog

Top After-Work Routines

Put a priority on self-care. Try these tips to establish an after-work routine to de-stress and improve your mood.

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Tips for Mitigating Stress in the Workplace

Posted 5/30/2017 by UHBlog

Tips for Mitigating Stress in the Workplace

Chronic stress in the workplace can result in productivity losses and unhealthy behaviors. Create calm on the job with these simple tools to help manage stress.

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Get Away for Some R&R and Wellness

Posted 5/25/2017 by UHBlog

Get Away for Some R&R and Wellness

Consider a wellness vacation to reduce stress and anxiety.

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5 Ways to Project Yourself Positively

Posted 1/18/2017 by UHBlog

5 Ways to Project Yourself Positively

Follow these simple tips to help relieve stress and put you in a more positive mindset.

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The Power of Playing

Posted 1/11/2017 by UHBlog

The Power of PlayingWhen was the last time you played like a kid? Experts says making time to play is beneficial to your well-being.

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Health Benefits of Pet Companionship

Posted 11/23/2016 by UHBlog

Health Benefits of Pet Companionship

Having a four-legged friend has emotional, mental and even physical benefits.

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7 Stress-Relieving Techniques to Survive the Holidays

Posted 11/14/2016 by UHBlog

3 Stress Relievers for the Workday

The constant activity during the holidays can be stressful. Learn how to slow down and enjoy the season.

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8 Stress-Busting Exercises You Can Do at Work

Posted 10/7/2016 by UHBlog

8 Stress-Busting Exercises You Can Do at Work

Follow these simple tips to help relieve your stress at work.

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Get Help From 5-Minute Meditations

Posted 9/27/2016 by UHBlog

Get Help From 5-Minute Meditations

As little as five minutes of mindful meditation can help you recharge as you deal with everyday stress.

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The Benefits of Group Acupuncture

Posted 7/7/2016 by UHBlog

The Benefits of Group Acupuncture

Group acupuncture sessions are rising in popularity.

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Use Mindfulness to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Head

Posted 4/25/2016 by UHBlog

Use Mindfulness to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Head

Pssst. It really works.

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The Benefits of Breathing

Posted 4/19/2016 by UHBlog

The Benefits of Breathing

Besides the obvious one.

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What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Posted 2/23/2016 by UHBlog

What Is HeartMath and Why Does it Matter?

Learn how to effectively react to stress and improve your long-term wellness.

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Enhancing Daily Joy Through Mindfulness

Posted 2/22/2016 by UHBlog

Can you enhance your feelings of joy through the practice of mindfulness? Ask us. If you feel stressed from a sense that you’re thinking too much, or feel that your mind is too busy, this may be affecting your personal happiness, says mindfulness coordinator Suzanne Cushwa Rusnak, MEd, MSSA. “When we stop to notice, we’re usually thinking ahead to the future – planning, worrying, or of the past – remembering, regretting,” she says. “When we know intelle...

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Take Control of Your Stress

Posted 1/28/2016 by UHBlog

Everyone experiences stress at times, but simple practical tools can build your stress resilience. Learn how through our workshops. Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care doctor visits are related to conditions caused and/or exacerbated by stress? From high blood pressure to heart disease, and weight gain to stomach problems, stress that isn't managed can lead to ill health, dissatisfaction, poor engagement and lower performance. While it’s unlikely your stressors will vanish,...

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Learn Mindfulness Fundamentals

Posted 1/27/2016 by UHBlog

Is stress negatively affecting your life and health? Learn how to take control. If you made a promise to yourself this year to take control of your life, a course in mindfulness can put you on the path to success. According to Suzanne Cushwa Rusnak, MEd, MSSA, people who participate in mindfulness training learn skills that many say alter their lives and lead to improved self-care and well-being. “Most people who practice mindfulness say they have an improved sense of well-being, and that...

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Create Your Own Music Therapy Chill Zone

Posted 1/26/2016 by UHBlog

Feeling stressed and looking to change your tune? We can help. If stress is getting the best of you, you may want to start using music therapeutically. According to music therapist Seneca Block, music is beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress because it increases blood flow in the brain. The brain uses 20 percent of the body's energy, so taking care of it makes a big difference. “Music stimulates the part of your brain that registers reward and pleasure,” Block says. “It&rs...

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De-Stress During the Holidays with These 10 Good Nutrition Tips

Posted 11/19/2015 by UHBlog

Healthy does not mean boring – and you don't need to jeopardize your health and well-being to be festive. Ask us. For many people, stress causes overeating. During the holidays when everyday stresses of life reach new levels, you may need a healthy mindset about eating before saying “yes” to your work party or a family gathering. “During the holiday season, more food choices are available to us,” says Jennifer Gallman, holistic health coach at University Hospitals ...

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Posted 10/27/2015 by UHBlog

If you suffer from chronic pain, depression or unmanageable stress, learn how massage therapy can help. What’s the lowdown on a rubdown? Whether you're an armchair quarterback or an active athlete, a therapeutic massage given by a licensed massage therapist might be just what the doctor ordered. According to massage therapist Jane Smith, a growing body of evidence suggests that therapeutic massage is just the ticket when it comes to reducing muscle tension, easing chronic pain and creating...

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Qigong – Let the Life Force Be with You

Posted 10/25/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how Qigong can help alleviate pain, increase energy and reduce anxiety. This fall, why not go with the flow and start practicing Qigong? Qigong – pronounced chee-gong – is a fluid exercise program that uses graceful, repetitive movements, mental focus and measured, deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person’s energy. “In Chinese, qi means energy or life force, and gong means work or practice,” says Qigong Master Healer Ted Gannon, LAc. “Toget...

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3 Strategies to Stop Toxic Thinking in Its Tracks

Posted 9/29/2015 by UHBlog

Are negative thoughts consuming you? We can help you change the way you think. For nearly three decades, researchers have intensely studied the science of positive psychology. And for good reason: left unchecked, toxic thinking can suck the joy from your life and may even contribute to stress and illness. According to stress resilience specialist Heidi Weiker, MSSA, studies show that 90 percent of our thoughts are negative. The vast majority of that negativity – over 80 percent – is...

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Teaching Teens How to Cope With Stress

Posted 9/17/2015 by UHBlog

If you have trouble managing your stress, we have a number of traditional and holistic ways to help. Your teen is escaping. What can you do? Whether it’s texts and tweets or posts and snaps, many young people turn to social media to cope with stress. They zone out and surf the web, but it’s a vicious cycle, says stress resilience specialist Heidi Weiker, MSSA. “The very things that increase stress are what teens go to when stressed,” she says. “Averaging two to fou...

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Serenity Study Seeks Participants: Learn How to Manage Stress

Posted 7/13/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care visits are related to conditions caused by or exacerbated by stress? We can help. While you can’t eliminate stress from your life, you can learn how to effectively manage your response to it and lower your blood pressure at the same time through a new research project aptly named the Serenity Study. The Serenity Study is a free, joint program being conducted through University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, Kent State Unive...

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Knots Landing: Where Does Your Stress Go?

Posted 5/14/2015 by UHBlog

Inflammation, trauma and stress create knots in your body. See us to release them. Anyone who has ever had a work deadline or a family crisis knows what stress feels like. Your head might ache or your shoulders might get tense. But did you know stress – if left untreated – can create knots and restrictions in your body, leading to pain and limited motion. "Your body has a natural mechanism when dealing with stress," says myofascial release therapist Carla Cavanagh. "It knots up. As...

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Stress: Makes Women Nicer, Men Meaner

Posted 5/4/2015 by UHBlog

Are you overwhelmed by stress? We can help. We all feel stressed from time to time, but the situations that get under your skin and the way you react to them may depend on your sex. “There does seem to be a difference in how men and women react to stress, both on a behavioral and hormonal level,” says Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD. Overall, women get more anxious about personal relationships and family, while men tend to worry about on-the-job issues. Hormones play an important role in ho...

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Under Pressure? What Reflexology Can Do For You

Posted 4/21/2015 by UHBlog

Step into stress relief and better health with reflex massage for the feet, hands and ears. Ask us. Do you suffer from headaches, digestive problems or other aches and pains? Relief may be as close as your feet. Known as reflexology, this non-intrusive complementary therapy is a form of massage that applies pressure to specific points on your feet, hands and ears. Those pressure points correspond to certain areas and organs of your body, which, when blocked, can affect overall health. Reflexolo...

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Kick the Habit with Hypnotherapy

Posted 4/9/2015 by UHBlog

Clinical hypnotherapy can help with self-awareness and healing. Learn how. You’ve probably heard of hypnotherapy, but if you're like a lot of people, you aren't sure what it is and how it helps. Hypnotherapy, also called hypnosis, became widespread in the late 1800s and harnesses the power of the mind and its ability to affect bodily functions and symptoms. “Hypnosis is the power to change a person’s thought patterns through a combination of positive suggestions and relaxatio...

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Mindfulness: Get Focused and Clear the Clutter

Posted 3/4/2015 by UHBlog

If too many distractions are stressing you out, you might want to see your doctor. Are you someone who talks on the phone, responds to emails and texts, all while conversing with a colleague, client or friend? If you find yourself constantly shifting your attention from one thing to the next, the practice of mindfulness can help you manage this. "Mindfulness is a way of being fully present,” says Francoise Adan, MD."It heightens awareness and focuses us on the moment at hand. Mindfulness ...

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Acupuncture Cures for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted 3/3/2015 by UHBlog

Acupuncture treats the blahs, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD). When the Beatles sang, "It's been a long cold lonely winter," they might have been singing about Northeast Ohio. "Our winter season is so long and Cleveland is one of the cloudiest cities to live in," says licensed acupuncturist Julia Proctor. "Some people get depressed by this lack of natural sunlight." The condition has a name, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and it's a type of depression that affects people in th...

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Reduce Stress With Guided Imagery

Posted 1/6/2015 by UHBlog

Learn more about integrative medicine at University Hospitals. Many people pledge to lose weight or get fit when the New Year arrives. But resolving to reduce your physical reaction to stress in 2015 could also yield big health benefits this year and beyond. One powerful tool: guided imagery. “Guided imagery is a form of meditation that uses the senses to induce a state of relaxation, and also promotes healing and decreases pain,” says integrative psychiatrist Francoise Adan, MD, M...

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Get a Handle on Holiday Stress

Posted 11/26/2014 by UHBlog

Is stress impacting your day-to-day life? Let your doctor know. It may be the season for joy and wonder. But with the demands of gift buying, food preparation and decorating for the holidays, it’s also the time for unrelenting stress. “Our memories of holidays as children clash with modern expectations: spending a lot of money, being all things to all people and completing lots of projects,” says stress-resilience specialist Heidi M. Weiker, MSSA. It’s no wonder that the...

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8 Simple Habits for Stress Relief at Work

Posted 9/24/2014 by rgriffith

The landscape of the American workplace has changed significantly over the previous decades. Gone are the days of endless job openings and the 40-hour workweek. The new norm is hustling 50 or even 60 hours a week to hold on to your position – plus the assumption that you are available 24/7 via email and phone. “There’s no limit to what is expected these days,” says stress resilience specialist Heidi M Weiker, MSSA, “and we think it’s normal to feel stressed...

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What Stress Is Doing to Your Sperm Quality

Posted 9/10/2014 by UHBlog

Stress has been linked to all sorts of physical health problems, from insomnia to stroke to obesity. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have added one more negative effect to the list: decreased sperm quality. Upon analyzing participants’ stress levels and sperm samples, the researchers concluded that men who had experienced two or more stressful events in the previous year had an overall lower sperm quality. The study distinguished between different sources of stress. Wo...

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The 10 Ways Your Body and Mind React to Stress

Posted 4/17/2014 by UHBlog

“The burden of stress is taking a huge toll on our relationships, our productivity, and ultimately, our health,” says Francoise Adan, MD, a psychiatrist board-certified in holistic and integrative medicine. “Eighty percent of visits to primary care doctors are related to conditions caused or aggravated by stress,” she adds. This can be especially pronounced in the workplace. Dr. Adan points out that 50 percent of all Americans report extreme levels of stress that negativ...

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New Study: High Stress Increases Frequency of Headaches

Posted 3/14/2014 by UHBlog

Throbbing temples, numbing pain, aching eyes – a headache can make it impossible to focus on even the simplest of tasks. Whether they creep up on you slowly or strike in an instant, headaches are a common and frustrating condition that can stop you in your tracks. A recent study confirms what many have long suspected: Stress levels can be directly related to headaches. Researchers asked participants to rate their stress levels and count their headaches over a two-year period. The more st...

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