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Former Vice President Joe Biden is not the same Joe Biden who served as former President Barack Obama's right-hand man. Today's Joe Biden is a shell of the man he used to be.

He is the subject of mean-spirited internet memes and insensitive nicknames such as "Dementia Joe" and "Creepy Joe."

There is even a website, joebidenhasdementia.com, that documents every instance of Biden's apparent mental decline.

Despite his momentary mental lapses, Biden insists he does not have dementia. But his critics aren't so sure.

What is Dementia?

Dementia describes a group of neurological symptoms affecting memory, thought process, language, problem-solving, mobility and activities of daily living.

What causes dementia?

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. Other common causes of dementia include head trauma, Parkinson's disease, strokes, HIV/AIDS, medications, and vascular disorders that affect blood supply to the brain. There are more than 50 conditions that can cause dementia.

Causes of dementia that can easily be reversed include hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, and neurosyphilis. Hearing loss may also be associated with dementia.

What is Senile Dementia?

Senile dementia is the long-term loss of cognitive, physical and intellectual ability caused by degeneration of brain cells. The condition is associated with old age and is incurable. Approximately 10% of people over the age of 65 have senile dementia.

People with senile dementia will exhibit a decrease in cognitive and physical abilities, including inability to concentrate, recall information, problem-solve, speak, or feed and dress themselves without assistance.

Signs & Symptoms

Early signs of senile dementia include memory loss, forgetfulness, insomnia, confusion, disorientation (not knowing day or date), word salad (random words or phrases that don't make sense), fatigue, poor physical coordination (falling down often), withdrawing socially, poor short-term memory.

Late stage signs of senile dementia include gradual weight loss caused by forgetting to eat or lack of appetite, unable to remember family members, wandering and getting lost, loss of all cognitive ability, loss of communication, poor short-term and long-term memory, poor personal hygiene, unable to bathe or dress self, loss of mobility, incontinence (involuntary defecation or urination), violent outbursts, visual and auditory hallucinations.

Treatment

There is no cure for senile dementia. Medications are prescribed to manage the symptoms. The medications are Aricept (donepezil), Excelon (rivastigmine) and Reminyl (galantamine).

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More Info on the Web

13 Types of Dementia, Symptoms, Causes | Medicinenet.com

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia | Healthline

Dementia - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments | alz.org
 

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Doctors have identified a temporary psychotic disorder, Corona Psychosis, brought on by the stress, tension, social isolation and fear of catching the coronavirus.

According to Psychiatric Times, doctors have noticed a new trend in temporary psychosis and mental breakdowns related to the stress of catching the coronavirus.

People are afraid of contracting and transmitting the virus, doctors say.

Healthcare workers on the front lines seem to be most susceptible to the stress of the uncertainty and loss of control due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But lay people are also suffering temporary psychotic episodes caused by the stress of potentially catching the virus.

Symptoms of temporary psychosis are seen in people with no history of mental disorders or psychosis.

An Oklahoma woman shot up a McDonald's on May 6 - injuring four workers - after she was told she couldn't eat inside the dining area because it was closed due to Covid-19. The restaurant was only open for drive thru orders.

Last month an NFL star was nearly killed when his wife caught him cheating with a woman during the lockdown in Austin, Texas.

And earlier this week, a woman, her husband and adult son were arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan.

Doctors and police expect more incidents of violence as social isolation triggers anxiety, depression and stress in healthy citizens.

If you are suffering from mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), call the National Mental Health Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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Shaking chills, also known as rigors or uncontrollable shivering, is the body's response to a high fever caused by a severe infection.

Shaking chills should be taken seriously. It is sometimes the only sign that there is a raging infection inside your body.

If you experience shaking chills after surgery or an outpatient procedure, you should notify your doctor or a healthcare professional immediately.

If you have a thermometer (everyone should have one at home), take your temperature so you can tell your doctor how high it is. Tell your doctor you recently had an outpatient procedure such as a root canal or a tooth extraction.

Chills usually accompanies a high fever (above 103 F) in response to a severe infection, such as sepsis. Fever occurs when your brain increases your body temperature to kill invading germs.

The brain's attempt to regulate the body temperature causes the patient to feel cold. Shivering and chills occur when the muscles contract to bring the body temperature up.

If the shaking chills stop - but your temperature continues to rise - you should go to an emergency room to be evaluated further. You should never ignore shaking chills.

A high fever, if sustained, can lead to organ damage or febrile seizures.

You might break out in a fine sweat if your temperature returns to normal.

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More Info On the Web

What You Should Know About the Chills | Healthline

Why Do I Have Cold Chills? | WebMD

Chills: Symptoms, Signs, Causes & Treatment | Medicine Net
 

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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening immune response to an infection. Sepsis occurs when an infection somewhere in the body -- the skin, lungs, urinary tract, etc. -- triggers a strong inflammatory immune response that causes the blood vessels to leak, leading to low blood volume, multiple organ failure, and death.

What Causes Sepsis?

Sepsis is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection. But it can also be caused by a virus, fungus or protozoan infections in the brain, urinary tract, skin and abdominal organs.

The most common causes of sepsis is trauma, surgery, or an invasive procedure such as dental work.

Dentists normally prescribe antibiotics before a dental appointment to decrease the bacteria in the mouth. If the patient is not prescribed antibiotics, the bacteria that normally resides on teeth and in the gums can enter the bloodstream, travel to the heart and colonize the heart valve. The patient usually doesn't know he is sick with a deadly infection in his heart until months later.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to heart damage, organ failure and death.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rapid breathing
  • Cough
  • Low blood pressure (septic shock)
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Cold, clammy (wet) skin
  • Confusion
  • Low urine output
  • Risk Factors

    Risk factors include young or old age, or weak immune system caused by diabetes, cancer, trauma, or burns. Sometimes children and the elderly will show no symptoms or the fever is low grade.

    Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think you have sepsis or if you feel sick days after having surgery or an outpatient procedure such as dental work, call your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Always ask the doctor of healthcare provider: "Do you think this could lead to sepsis?"

    Educate yourself so you know which questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Use WebMD's symptoms checker. Remember that most symptoms should fit a familiar pattern so the doctor can properly diagnose you.

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    More Info On the Web

    What is Sepsis? | CDC.gov

    Sepsis | Healthline.com

    Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis | Mayo Clinic
     

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    A video is going viral on social media. It features a Black woman who claims to be a nurse offering advice to Black people about Covid-19.

    She says most Black people who die from Covid-19 have strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or blood clots in their lungs and extremities.

    She claims most of her Black male patients who come to the ER aren't complaining of a fever or cough. She says they are suffering from "malaise" or a generalized weakness and pain in the extremities.

    The woman advises people who suspect they may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to get up and walk.

    Walking is appropriate after you have been successfully treated for DVT, and only on the advice of your doctor.

    Telling someone who suspects they may have deep vein thrombosis to get up and walk is dangerous advice. Standing up and walking will only aggravate the condition, and sometimes results in immediate death.

    That is because the blood clot is stable in the leg while you are seated or immobile. But if you stand up and walk, the clot may break off and travel up your leg to your lungs or heart.

    DVT is sometimes caused by inactivity or sitting on a sofa for long hours without walking or exercising.

    The increase in strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or DVT is probably due in part to people sitting at home watching the news all day on TV and not exercising (sedentary lifestyle).

    If you have unexplained pain and swelling in your lower legs or arms, the skin feels hot to the touch, and you have a positive Homan's sign (Google it), call your doctor or healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.

    Be careful following bad advice on the Internet. Much if it is spread by agents of misinformation who target the Black community.

    Remember to wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face.
     

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    Rapper Cardi B admitted herself to a hospital on Wednesday, after suffering "real bad stomach problems for four days."

    The "Bodak Yellow" rapper shared a Twitter picture of her hospital wristband and wrote that she had admitted herself after suffering abdominal pains.

    "Honestly, cause I been having some real bad stomach problems for four days, I went to the ER last night," she penned, alongside a crying face emoji.

    Stomach pains can be caused by a multitude of conditions such as indigestion, infections, and diseases such as cancer and pelvic inflammatory disease, also known as pelvic inflammatory disorder (PID).

    What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

    Pelvic inflammatory disorder is an infection of the female reproductive system, mainly the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

    Women usually seek medical treatment when they suffer symptoms including lower abdominal pain, foul vaginal discharge, fever, burning with urination, painful intercourse, bleeding after sex, or irregular menstruation.

    Cardi didn't share her diagnosis with her followers, so we don't know the cause of her abdominal pain. We are not assuming she is diagnosed with PID.

    Untreated PID can result in longterm complications of the female reproductive system including infertility, scarring, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and cancer.

    What causes PID?

    The disease is caused by bacteria that spreads from the vagina and cervix to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The disorder usually affects promiscuous women who have multiple sex partners or one sex partner who is burning.

    40 percent of women diagnosed with PID also have a chlamydial infection or gonorrhea. Women who douche frequently can inadvertently push bacteria into their upper reproductive organs.

    How is PID diagnosed?

    PID is diagnosed during a pelvic examination, cervical observation, laparoscopy, or tissue biopsy. A definitive diagnosis of PID is made when pus is found in the fallopian tubes during surgery or during ultrasound.

    How can I prevent PID?

    Your doctor will advise no sex until the infection is resolved. If you are a sex worker, you will be advised to use protection such as condoms or barrier methods. You should also get tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of PID.
     

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    The Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the global economy as stock markets crash, small business shut down, and more employees are being let go or laid off.

    Employees who still have jobs are working from home, and restaurants that haven't shut their doors have switched to take-out only or delivery only.

    Grocery store shelves are bare. Millions of children are out of school for weeks or months, and nursing homes have banned families from visiting their loved ones.

    The mass hysteria over the coronavirus is unprecedented in the nation's history. Never before has the major sports leagues in America canceled their seasons for a virus epidemic or pandemic.

    The following are questions culled from my comments section and emails. Hopefully this Q&A will help ease some of your fears and concerns.
     

    What is a coronavirus?

    A coronavirus is a virus that causes common respiratory tract infections such as a cold virus.

    What is COVID-19?

    The novel (new) coronavirus is dubbed COVID-19 because it was first identified in Wuhan China in 2019.

    Is Covid-19 deadly?

    Covid-19 is deadlier than the common coronavirus because it causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems.

    What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

    The symptoms include fever (over 101.5), cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include sore throat, joint and muscle pain, headaches and weakness.

    How is the virus transmitted?

    The main route of transmission is via droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. The other mode of transmission is via touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your face.

    I have flu-like symptoms? Should I go and get tested?

    First, don't panic. Call your doctor or healthcare professional for instructions. Don't go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

    What is the incubation period for Covid-19?

    The incubation period (the time before you experience symptoms) is anywhere from 2 days to 14 days.

    Is there a cure for Covid-19?

    There is no cure for a virus. There are treatments such as Theraflu or a similar medication to relieve the symptoms.

    Who is most at risk for dying from Covid-19?

    People most at risk for dying from the virus are the elderly, over age 60, who have chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory or cardiac problems. And people who smoke.

    I was recently in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. How many days should I self-quarantine?

    Follow the quarantine instructions on the CDC's website. Avoid going to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

    Why are young people dying from Covid-19?

    Less than 19% of the death cases in Italy are people under age 40. Those young people may have been smokers or vapers. They may also have respiratory illnesses or compromised immunity caused by HIV/AIDS. The data shows that young people who have no preexisting conditions are not affected by the virus.

    Is the coronavirus deadlier than the common flu virus?

    No. Statistics shows the coronavirus kills an average of 2 people per day (out of a population of 327 million) in America. By comparison, the influenza virus kills 100-200 people per day in America.

    Is Covid-19 more contagious than the flu virus?

    There is not enough data to know the answer. The CDC is very slow to complete testing - unless you are wealthy or a celebrity.

    What is the fatality rate for Covid-19?

    According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the fatality rate is less than 1%. When more Americans are tested for the virus, the fatality rate will fall to 0.1% (same as the flu). About 81% of people who have the virus will recover. A majority of those don't have symptoms.

    Is my child at risk of catching the coronavirus?

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    The data shows most children who test positive for the coronavirus have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Some children get sick if they have preexisting conditions or weak immunity from a recent cold or the flu. No child has died from Covid-19 anywhere in the world.

    Sandra, you keep saying the coronavirus is just like the flu. Isn't that irresponsible?

    What I said is Covid-19 is "no worse than the flu." Most people who contract Covid-19 have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild. People who have recovered from Covid-19 say it feels like a mild case of the flu.

    Are the gheys more vulnerable to dying from Covid-19?

    Homosexuals and transgenders are most at risk if they have weak immunity from HIV/AIDS or some other respiratory illness.

    Will washing my hands protect me from the virus?

    Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds kills the virus on your hands. But you may still contract Covid-19 if someone who is sick coughs or sneezes around you.

    I want to comply with social distancing. How far should I separate myself from others?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends maintaining a distance of 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. The CDC recommends 3 feet of separation between yourself and others.

    Can I have sex with my partner if we're positive for Covid-19?

    Covid-19 is not a sexually transmitted disease. But transmission during sex is 100% due to kissing. If you are both positive - and neither of you are sick - you can enjoy physical intimacy to pass the time while you're both in self isolation.

    Can food transmit the coronavirus?

    According to the FDA, there is no evidence that Chinese food transmits the coronavirus.

    Why is the response to Covid-19 so different from the response to H1N1 (Swine flu) in 2009?

    Thanks to the internet and social media, fake news spreads faster now than it did in 2009. Dr. Roger Marshall, who represents Kansas' 1st district, believes Covid-19 is being "sensationalized," and he says the news media has blown the virus out of proportion. Dr. Drew Pinsky also criticized the news media for overhyping Covid-19.

    Why aren't celebrities and athletes who test positive for the virus getting sick?

    Because the Covid-19 virus is no worse than the flu. Many people are healthy and have strong immune systems to fight off the virus, so they don't get sick.

    Why are so many people dying from Covid-19 in Italy and Iran?

    Because the healthcare systems in those countries are not as good as in the United States. Also, many people in those countries are smokers or they were HIV-positive.

    Why is there so much hysteria surrounding Covid-19?

    Because we live in an era where fake news and bad information spreads instantly via the internet and cable news before it is verified.

    What are antibodies?

    Antibodies are part of your immune response to any virus. When you catch a cold, your immune system kills the virus then creates antibodies that will recognize that virus and protect you from that virus (except HIV).

    If I have Covid-19, can I transmit it to my dog or cat?

    One dog in China contracted a "low-level infection" from its owner. The dog did not get sick. Current data shows humans do not transmit Covid-19 virus to their pets.

    What is ACE2?

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2, is a protein that Covid-19 virus attaches to so it can enter human cells to replicate (make copies of itself).

    Are Black people immune from Covid-19 because we have less ACE2?

    No. Black people can still acquire Covid-19, but the symptoms are usually mild to non-existent.

    I heard that a Black person died from Covid-19. Is that true?

    Yes. A few Black people have died from Covid-19 because they smoked or they had chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDs, respiratory or heart problems.

    I have diabetes. Should I be concerned?

    Just like the flu, Covid-19 can drive your blood sugar up. Monitor your blood sugar and urine ketones if you're a diabetic Type 1. Be cautious adjusting your insulin dosage (if you take insulin). You should keep emergency carbohydrates on hand in case your blood sugar drops unexpectedly.

    I smoke a lot of weed. Should I be concerned?

    Yes. The data shows people who smoke or vape are in the high risk category.

    I ordered something on Amazon. It's shipping from China. Should I be concerned?

    No. According to the CDC, the virus doesn't survive long on packages or letters. The virus needs a host to survive. Covid-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces but only under laboratory conditions. A hot, stuffy UPS or FEDEX truck is not a laboratory condition.

    The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

    1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
    2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    3. Avoid close contact with sick people
    4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
    5. Stay home if you are sick
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
    6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional
     

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    Gender confusion, also known as Gender Identity Disorder (GID) or Gender Dysphoria, is a psychological diagnosis that has taken on a trendy new meaning, thanks to Hollywood liberals.

    GID is a mental disorder that describes a male or female who identifies with the traits and behaviors of the opposite sex. They typically experience a deep discomfort with their own biological sex.

    GID can affect children, adolescents, teenagers and adults who believe they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body."

    People who suffer from GID should not to be confused with cross dressers or transvestites who share an affinity for wearing stereotypical feminine attire and accessories.

    Transsexuals

    Transsexuals have undergone sex change operations to remove their genitals or breasts. The procedures are known as top surgery and bottom surgery. The goal of the surgeries is to help them "pass" socially as the opposite sex.

    Studies show that 80% to 90% of all transgenders who were diagnosed as children outgrow their disorder as adults and revert back to their biological sex.

    Unfortunately, many of these children were given powerful sex hormones which permanently altered their voices, breasts and genitals. More surgeries are necessary to reverse these changes.

    Sex Hormones

    The singular purpose of sex hormones is to prepare humans for reproduction. Powerful sex hormones should never be administered to children.

    In females, sex hormones prepares the lining of the uterus to receive the fertilized egg for implantation. In males, sex hormones changes physical characteristics such as deepens a boy's voice and grows facial hair to make males more sexually appealing to females for the purpose of procreation.

    Without testosterone, estrogen would be a male's dominant hormone, meaning men would have the same physical characteristics as females. Since most females are not attracted to other females, the human race would be extinct.

    Male sex hormones should not be given to girls to make girls more appealing to other females because females can not impregnate each other. A man does not need breasts because men can't lactate, give birth, or breastfeed a baby.

    Diagnosis

    GID is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist, who conducts an interview with the patient to determine the level of discomfort the patient feels. A detailed history is taken and the doctor may speak with the patient's family members.

    Treatment

    Treatment for GID is often discouraged by liberals and LGBT+ groups who believe being transgender is normal (good) and any form of therapy for transgender children is harmful (bad).

    Children are encouraged to declare themselves transgender even if they don't fit the symptoms specified by The Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V).

    Children who suffer from GID often suffer from secondary comorbid mental problems such as depression, anxiety, borderline sociopathy and narcissism. If these comorbid problems are not treated, the child can turn to self-harming behaviors or suicide.

    If a child is lucky enough to be seen by a therapist, the child will undergo individual psychosocial therapy sessions to help them identity positively with their biological gender.

    Transsexual adults often request hormones and surgeries to alter their external bodies.

    Detransitioning

    Detransitioning is a dirty word in the LGBT+ community. Thousands of "transgender" children who were prescribed hormones have stopped taking the chemicals due to the harsh side effects.

    There are as many "detransitioning" videos on YouTube as there are transitioning videos.

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    More Info On the Web

    Gender Identity Development in Children | healthychildren.org

    Gender Confused Children | Creation.com

    Gender Identity Disorder | Free Dictionary

     

     

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    Rapper French Montana was recently hospitalized with intense nausea, abdominal pain and an elevated heart rate - common warning signs of a heart attack. It is estimated that a heart attack occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds.

    Some patients report heart attacks without any signs or symptoms (S/S). But warning signs are most likely missed because the patient doesn't associate his symptoms with a heart attack.

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    Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life

    A heart attack feels different for men and women.

    Men may describe crushing pain or pressure in the chest area, left arm pain or tingling and shortness of breath.

    Women may describe feeling slight discomfort in the chest, upper back pain, nausea and vomiting or jaw pain that feels like a toothache.

    Warning Signs of Heart Attack in men

  • crushing chest pain or pressure in chest
  • back pain that radiates up to neck
  • jaw pain that feels like a toothache
  • pain in left arm or both arms or shoulders
  • nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
  • cold sweat
  • lightheadedness or dizziness
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    Warning Signs of Heart Attack in Women

  • slight to moderate discomfort in chest
  • upper back pain
  • neck and jaw pain
  • shortness of breath that comes on suddenly
  • lightheaded or dizziness
  • jaw, neck or back pain
  • burning or tingling in left arm or both arms or shoulders
  • nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
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    Heart attack treatment works best when started immediately after symptoms are felt. Paramedics arrive with equipment and drugs ready to begin heart attack treatment. If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, it's safer to call 911 rather than attempt to drive yourself to the emergency room.

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    More Info On the Web

    What Does a Heart Attack Feel Like? | Healthline.com

    Heart Attack | Nih.gov

    Heart Attack Warning Signs | Heart.org
     

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    Christmas is a holiday tradition filled with joy and laughter. But it can also be a very stressful time for many, especially women.

    Studies show that half of all women in America say they feel stress or anxiety during the Christmas holidays. Increased stress puts our health at risk.

    Almost half of the women manage their stress by eating and drinking to excess. This excess can lead to extra pounds gained after the holidays.

    Here are 10 simple tips to eliminate stress and get you through the holidays so you can be merry and light.
     

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    1. Exercise

    If you feel the stress of shopping, cooking and cleaning over the holidays, just stop, drop and take a little time to exercise the stress away. Exercise reduces anger, tension, fatigue and confusion by lowering your body's stress hormones such as cortisol. Exercise also releases endorphins which help to improve your mood and acts as natural painkillers.
     

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    2. Squeeze your stress away!

    Squeeze your stress away with stress balls. Stress balls work by keeping your hands busy so your mind will relax your body. If you don't have a stress ball, you can make your own stress balls from common household items.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, the fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot. Apply pressure there for 30 seconds to relieve tension in your upper body.
     

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    3. Hug your stress away!

    Our arms were designed for hugging. Hugging relieves stress and anxiety by releasing a hormone in our bodies called Oxytocin. Researchers call Oxytocin the "cuddle hormone" because levels of the hormone rises when we hug. Oxytocin not only relieves stress, it also lowers blood pressure and decreases the stress hormone norepinephrine. If you're feeling a little stressed, hug it out!
     

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    4. Light a candle

    Burning essential oils or a scented candle can put us in a relaxed mood and reduce our feelings of stress. There are many varieties of candles and scents that calm and sooth our nerves and relieves stress. Aromatherapy can also improve sleep. Some of those scents include:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange or orange blossom
  • Geranium
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    5. Reduce your caffeine intake

    We can reduce stress by watching what we eat and drink. Some food and beverages increase our anxiety because they contain stimulants. Caffeine is a stimulant that can wreak havoc in our bodies. If you're feeling jittery, anxious or your hands tremble, you're probably consuming too much caffeine and other stimulants. To improve your stress levels, avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks during the holidays. Try drinking water, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk instead.
     

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    6. Chew gum

    Chewing sugarless gum is a quick and easy way to relieve stress. Studies show that people who chew gum have a greater sense of calm and well-being.
     

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    7. Spend time with family and friends

    Having a strong family support system can help you get through the stressful holidays. If you don't have family, there are many organizations where you can volunteer, such as children's hospitals, nursing homes, rescue animal shelters, etc.
     

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    8. Laughter

    They say laughter is the best medicine. Laughing helps to relieve stress by relieving tension in your muscles. Laughter also helps your immune system. A study of cancer patients found that patients who laughed experienced more stress relief than those patients who were simply distracted. If you're feeling stressed over the holidays, watch the comedy film Coming To America or a funny TV show. Or hang out with family and friends who make you laugh. Laughing is good for the heart too. No one ever actually dies laughing.
     

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    9. Learn to Say No

    You're probably the responsible family member who saves your money - and everyone knows it - so they come to you for money to buy Christmas gifts or pay their credit card bills. Juggling other people's problems is very stressful and unfair to you. The next time a family member or friend asks you for a "loan," just say "no." Saying "no" helps to relieve your stress in the long run.
     

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    10. Stop procrastinating!

    Procrastinating increases your stress levels by forcing you to scramble to catch up to pay that late bill, which causes stress. Stop procrastinating. Take control of your life by planning ahead and setting goals. Stay on top of your priorities. Buy yourself a notepad or a dry eraser board and keep track of your bills, doctor's appointments, yearly mammograms (if you're over 40), etc. Give yourself easy tasks to do. Make a to-do list and then go down the list and check things off as you complete them. Always give yourself time to complete the to-do list.

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    Sources: Belmar Pharmacy, Healthline.com