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Tips for Reducing Stress

November 2000

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1) Don't be afraid of stress. Learn to notice it and name it for what it is. It brings you messages and opportunities!

2) Have a good cry. Science says that tears actually get rid of chemicals in body created by stress!

3) Do something nice for someone else!

4) Get a massage from a licensed massage therapist.

5) Use meditation, and/or creative visualization.

6) Get plenty of rest.

7) Take a vacation, whether for 30 minutes, a day, a weekend or more! Do nothing or do something you love and find relaxing.

8) Exercise or do some physical activity. Move your body!

9) Simplify your life. Keep your responsibilities and obligations outside work and family to a minimum.

10) Laugh and have fun. Lighten up and spread it around.

11) Nurture yourself. Treat yourself to something you like.

12) Nurture yourself spiritually, in whatever way is meaningful for you.

13) Remember that you have the power to co-create your life! No matter what the circumstance, you can still have power over the attitude you take towards it.

National Stress Awareness Day is Wednesday, November 1, 2000, so start on you stress reduction plan today!!!


Local: (in the Atlanta, Georgia area)

Positively Living Monday Night Group (open)
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at AIDS Survival Project

Women's HIV Support Group (closed)
Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at AIDS Survival Project
Must call ahead, 404-874-7926 x13

Individual Counseling and Support Groups
Positive Impact

Absolute Wellness
Chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and other holistic services

HIV Yoga Class
Jaya Devi Yoga Studio
Every Thursday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
No charge. Donations accepted.

Wholistic Stress Control Institute

International Alternative Medicine
Free acupuncture, herbal and nutritional counseling
Every Thursday by appointment.
For additional services call 770-934-IAM6

Common Ground
Wellness, herbal and nutritional counseling
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. No appointment necessary.

AIDS Treatment Initiatives
Vitamins and nutritional supplements

National Resources:

American Psychiatric Association

NIMH, Clinical Trials

Stress Free Net
Information on Stress, Stress Profile

The Stress Education Center

International Stress Management Association

This article was provided by AIDS Survival Project. It is a part of the publication Survival News.
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Guide to Conquering the Fear, Shame and Anxiety of HIV
Trauma: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives
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