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Innovative Program Helps People Cope with Stress No Matter Where They Are

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The holiday season can mean plenty of stress, and can lead to major health problems if left unmanaged. Susan Hendricks explains one program designed to give you a little relief. Paula Skrzypek has been caring for her mother for 5 years, in addition to working a full-time job. She is exhausted. To help manager her stress, Paula uses an online tool developed by her co-workers at the Cleveland Clinic. For a small one-time fee, participants sign up online and fill out a questionnaire to pinpoint the causes of their stress. Then they go through a 6-week course to learn and practice different ways to manage it. Dr. Michael Roizen says stress level reduction is of critical importance.

He says that one of the keys to success is continuing with the relaxation techniques after the 6-week period, like Paula does. She says the program has helped her learn to take life one step at a time.