The UPMC Healthy Lifestyle Program offers information and education to help you increase your ability to cope with stress, better understand the mental and physical effects of stress, and develop skills to minimize the effects of stress on your health. By making simple changes in your daily life, you can improve the overall quality of your mental and physical health.
Although you can't make the stress in your life go away, you can change the way your brain responds to it by learning and using the stress-coping techniques that we will teach you.
Who benefits from the Healthy Lifestyle Program?
The Healthy Lifestyle Program is for healthy individuals who will benefit from increased stress-coping skills, but also those individuals with diseases where stress-coping can enhance their sense of well being and possibly influence the course of disease.
Examples of diseases that may benefit from enhanced stress-coping skills include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory bowel
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sleep disturbances
Did You Know?
When adults practice healthy stress-coping behaviors, children learn from the adults they love how to deal with the burden of stress.
When we experience stress, it's often hard to remember what to do to become calm. We encourage you to share what you learn with others so they can help remind you what to do when you experience stress. When you see that others are stressed, you can provide the same treatment to them.
Remember that stress will not go away; the only way to decrease the effects it has on your health is to change the way your brain responds to stress.