Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, today announced the creation of its online Stress Resource Center at www.health.harvard.edu/stress. The resource center was created to help the general public understand the ways that daily stress affects their bodies and how they can reduce these damaging effects.

Boston, MA (Vocus) January 28, 2009 — Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, today announced the creation of its online Stress Resource Center at www.health.harvard.edu/stress. The resource center was created to help the general public understand the ways that daily stress affects their bodies and how they can reduce these damaging effects.

The Stress Resource Center was unveiled by Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of Harvard Health Publications’ Harvard Mental Health Letter, in his appearance today on the Martha Stewart Show, in a segment titled "Stress Less with Dr. Michael C. Miller."

Harvard Health Publications’ Stress Resource Center offers a variety of tools, including:

  • How Stress Affects Your Body: An interactive illustration showing how stress triggers physical changes in the body
  • How to Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home, an instructional video showing how to monitor blood pressure at home to make sure it’s not rising too high
  • Q & A — The Impact of Stress: Answers to five common questions about how stress affects your health
  • The Portable Guide to Stress Relief, which includes tips on taking the sting out of 10 common stressors and instructions for doing mini-relaxations: www.health.harvard.edu/stress-relief.

The Stress Resource Center also provides links to stress-related articles from other Harvard Health Publications newsletters and special health reports, including the Harvard Mental Health Letter, Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Heart Letter, Harvard Men’s Health Letter, and Harvard Women’s Health Letter. Topics include:

  • Resilience: Remaining mentally strong and healthy during times of stress
  • Caregiver Stress: When helpers need help
  • Sing Along for Health: Singing to boost mood, relieve stress, promote relaxation, and enhance the immune system
  • Optimism and Your Health

As part of Dr. Miller’s appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, Harvard Health Publications distributed to the studio audience 200 free copies of its special health report Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. This report helps readers identify stress warning signs and provides information on how to better manage stressful situations.

www.health.harvard.edu features additional health resources, diagnostic tools, and customer reviews of products.

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