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  • Parish Nursing Ministry
    In general children between 2 and 5 years seem to thrive on about 11 hours of sleep at night and maybe a nap during the day This number gradually decreases Late teens need 8 to 9 hours a night similar to adults Tips for busy parents Maintain a regular wake sleep cycle for your child Turn off the TV an hour before bedtime and interact with your child Bath the

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    can damage our health and well being Some of the internal symptoms of long term stress are worry or anxiety inability to concentrate or make decisions feeling overwhelmed or out of control mood changes and feelings of frustration depression hostility impatience and irritability reduced sex drive difficulty sleeping drinking more alcohol and smoking more One of the very first things you have to face when you want to master stress

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    a good movie or TV program a hobby etc On a longer term basis we can work toward feeling more in control by realistically appraising the threat and our resources and seeking more resources and help as needed When we are calm we need to address the person or situation causing the stress and negotiate a reasonable solution Developing a healthy lifestyle also improves stress management exercise good nutrition relaxation

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    and excitement to our lives e g weddings vacations new jobs midway rides etc Other stressors are virtually always negative e g death of a loved one loss of health and independence etc There are a whole range of stressors between these extremes whose effects are experienced individually e g for those with balance problems climbing a stepladder can be a negative stress for some sky diving is a positive stress What is most important is not the event itself but how the person perceives the event An event perceived as threatening causes negative stress while one perceived as enjoyable causes positive stress How Does Stress Relate to Disease All thoughts and feelings cause the production of chemical messengers which travel throughout the body and cause a physical response e g increasing heart rate blood pressure and breathing etc An acute stress response is an important protective mechanism which prepares the person to fight or escape from a threatening situation However this response is intended to be time limited with the body returning to its normal functioning when the danger is past When stress becomes chronic the changes in bodily function which are helpful in the short term become detrimental

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    symptoms may not appear until weeks or months later How To Recognize It Symptoms include re experiencing the event as recurring dreams or intrusive memories sleeplessness feelings of numbness or detachment from the world around feelings of anxiety fear or depression an exaggerated response e g hysteria to events feelings of guilt about surviving while others have not What To Do About It Seek out trusted friends and family members

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    the event e g controllability predictability duration intensity of the stressor and personal factors e g early experience optimistic pessimistic personality traits irritability inadequate sleep Take for example an emergency hospital admission This is more stressful than a planned one because it is less controllable and predictable variations related to the event itself However some people will find the same emergency admission much more stressful than others individual variations People

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    information is fine in theory but when it comes to implementing the suggestions we are faced with the necessity of making changes Mostly we are comfortable in our routines When our routines become prisons that negatively affect our health it is time to reconsider them The thought of changing can be threatening and overwhelming It is easier to believe that our particular situations are cast in stone than to decide to make changes The good news is that change is possible We probably know someone who has given up smoking shed excess pounds or taken up exercise If they can do it so can we What makes the difference between persevering successfully and giving up on planned changes Some things are necessary to help us implement changes First we have to believe that the threat to us e g of having a heart attack unwanted pregnancy relationship breakdown is real If these things only happen to other people they won t motivate us to change Next we need to believe that the proposed change healthy diet exercise birth control counseling will help us to avoid the unwanted happening Third we must believe ourselves capable of making the change Breaking large

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    are blessed with the opportunity to complete a natural process of spiritual death and rebirth before our own death Stephanie Ericsson Companion through the Darkness Grief as a link to others Grief is a sign that we loved something more than ourselves Grief makes us worthy to suffer with the rest of the world Joan Chittister Gospel Days Grief as a sign of love Grief is love not wanting to

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