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Relaxation has important role in stress management

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. October 19, 2011

Do you get enough sleep? What about exercise? If you're like most people, the answer is no. Yet you're probably dealing with issues such as work stress, financial challenges, relationship problems or family discord.

As we all know, when you're under stress it's critical to take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and engaging in regular exercise. I've found it's also important to make time for relaxing and pleasurable activities.

On a recent long-distance flight, I used a headset to listen to music available on the plane. The channels ranged from rock to country to meditative music. The results were surprising. Rather than simply enduring my time on the plane, I enjoyed a real sense of peace and calm. This reinforces what others have found — that music helps relieve physical and emotional distress.

In your search for serenity, what have you found that works for you?

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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Oct. 19, 2011