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Stress Management – For Real People! Part 6

(. . . continued from Part 5 of 6, where we looked at the benefits of using a stress management professional)

Developing a Positive Lifestyle

Gary L. Flegal, Ph.D.

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Stress awareness and relaxation techniques are key elements of stress management, but equally important is a positive approach to life — both in your mental attitude and physical habits. A healthy lifestyle (exercising, eating well, getting enough rest and relaxation, not smoking) can make you feel better about yourself and reduce your chances of developing a stress-related illness.

Each of us can learn to do a better job of handling stress and reducing worry. Remember — when you recognize that you are worrying, tell yourself to stop. Then breathe and ask yourself what you can do. This is the beginning of your plan. Make your plan as complete as you can, and if you don’t know how to accomplish every step of your plan, identify places (the library, bookstore, internet) or people who can supply the information you need. You can learn how to get anything done, even if that means finding someone else who can do it. Your goal is to get the business taken care of, right!? Take control and stop worrying.

If you are not yet where you can quite do this, take control by getting a professional to help you. Your health is worth it, and so are you.

It has been said that you should save the best for last, and so here it is . . .

Attitude is everything!

Your attitude determines your reality.
Keep it positive!


Copyright © 2012 by Gary L. Flegal, Ph.D.

Dr. Gary Flegal is a Behavioral Medicine and Health Specialist with a doctorate in “Health Education and Human Performance” from Michigan State University. He is an exciting and accomplished presenter and keynote speaker, presenting seminars for groups and companies on location and at conventions. His advanced training in stress management came to him while working in affiliation with the original Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard under the direction of Herbert Benson, M.D. and his staff. In addition to corporate presentations, Dr. Flegal keeps a busy schedule working with individual clients for a variety of stress-related issues, including anger management, quitting smoking, learning to relax and manage stress, and learning self-hypnosis.

Dr. Flegal’s other passion is magic. He has been a professional magician for over 30 years and continues practicing his art at every opportunity. These two passions work together beautifully as he illustrates stress management concepts with fun, visual, and “magical” demonstrations in his stress management workshops and seminars. It also allows him to share stress management with his magic audiences wherever he goes because “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” Gary also possesses Master level training in Reiki, a hands-on healing therapy. Gary Flegal is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Dr. Flegal’s specialties include stress management, anger management, positive behavior change, insomnia, smoking cessation, and exercise physiology. For individual appointments, speaking engagements, or more information, contact Gary at Professional Stress Management Services in Nashville, Tennessee, at (615)812-7280 or through his Web site:



2 thoughts on “Stress Management – For Real People! Part 6

  1. I absolutely love your end quote. I have often reminded myself of that very same thing.

    Posted by My Ox is a Moron | October 8, 2012, 12:02 pm
    • Yes indeed. No matter what it takes, a positive attitude will help you along a lot more than a negative one. Not profound – simply a truism – but one that bears repeating from time to time.

      Posted by Dr. Gary Flegal | October 8, 2012, 2:48 pm

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Stress can cause severe health problems if not managed properly. In extreme cases stress can lead to physical symptoms which can even cause death. While stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, the information on this website is for guidance only. Readers should seek the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.
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