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how does increasing activities help relieve stress?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Many ways....: First, you must enjoy your physical activity. It becomes habit forming. Gives yourself pride, better health, and appearance. But the stress relieving issues are often ignored. Exercise done regularly lowers circulating stressor hormones in the body, most specifically catecholamines (adrenalin/noradrenalin), and cortisol. Lowering these levels decreases the feeling of anxiety. You also sleep well.

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What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Baby monitoring: A non-stress test is a way of checking on the baby. We listen to and record the fetal heart for 20-30 minutes. We are looking at the baseline heart rate and how the heart rate goes up or down. We are looking at this to see if the baby is getting enough oxygen or if there are other problems with how the baby is doing.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are alternative ways to relieve sexual desire besides masturbation?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
The most obvious: The most obvious way to relieve sexual desire besides masturbation, is to have sex with a willing partner. Sometimes sexual desire can become compulsive though, relating more to obsessive anxiety than to genuine sexual desire. If you're wondering about your own situation, consulting with your family physician or a psychiatrist may help.
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How can I relieve a headache without meds?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Depends on cause: Without a proper diagnosis, there's no way to know the cause or proper treatment.For simple, non-recurrent ha's, might try ice to head or neck, sleep, massage, meditation. A good hands-on osteopathic exam, whether pain is short-term or chronic, might find a mechanical cause - often from neck pain/dysf, rib problems, even sacral problems which can be treated with manipulation. Just some suggestions.
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What relaxation exercises can help my sis manage stress from caregiving?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Tai chi, Yoga: Both can go a long way in relieving stress and bringing on a sense of wellbeing.

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