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Stress is a major part of today's world. More than
40% of adults in the United States suffer negative health effects due to
stress. In fact, research shows that stress plays an important role in all
types of disorders, including heart disease, cancer, skin diseases, emotional
problems, lung ailments, and immune system problems. So it's no wonder stress
has also been linked to GERD. Although there is no direct evidence that stress
actually causes GERD, for many people who have GERD, stress, tension, and feelings
of anxiety can make GERD symptoms worse. Fortunately, stress can be effectively
managed to prevent some of its most harmful health effects.
There are plenty of ways to relax, many described
here. You can also take a relaxation or meditation class at a hospital, local
college, community center, or mental health agency. There are also numerous
self-help instructional videos and audiotapes that can help you relax. Look for
them at health food stores, libraries, or places that sell music and videos.
Once you learn the techniques, you can also make your own audiotapes.
You can use the following techniquesto help you
learn to relax and better deal with stress. This breathing technique is one
that helps me as stress is a huge part of my life.
1.Find a quiet and comfortable place. Make sure the
room is not too bright. If you choose to play music, be certain it’s relaxing
and set to a reasonable volume.
2.Wear comfortable clothing that is not too tight.
3.Stand, sit or lie in a position that keeps the
4.Start by clearing your mind of all thoughts and
focusing only on your breathing. Feel the air come into your lungs and go out
of your lungs. Do this for several minutes, getting into a relaxed state.
5.Try for several breaths to make your breathing as
slow, deep, quiet and regular as possible.
6.As you continue to focus on your breathing, try to
exhale completely, pushing all of the air out of your lungs. You will need to
use the muscles between the ribs to do this. Inhale very slowly and fill your
lungs back up with fresh air.
Hope this gives you a tool to use to decrease your stress levels.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "The wind blows, the sun rises, the snow falls and the ocean relentlessly pounds the shore. Life rolls on with fresh new possibilities at every turn."