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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 9, 2006

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Take control of your stress level

Advertiser Staff

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Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period, according to the American Psychological Association. Here's what you can do to manage it:

  • Make time for yourself at least two or three times a week to help refresh your mental outlook and slow down your body's stress response systems. Exercise or meditate to your favorite music.

  • Set reasonable standards for yourself and others. Don't expect perfection.

    Zenaida Serrano



    FINAL WORD

    "The past is gone. Today is full of possibilities."

    Karen Casey | author of "Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women"



    SAVE THE PLANET



    BATTLE INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS

    If you're sick of indoor allergies the constant sneezing and watery eyes consider these tips to eliminate indoor air pollutants, courtesy the Green Guide, a source for eco-friendly advice:

  • Dust and damp-mop frequently, wash bedding in hot water biweekly to kill dust mites, and vacuum at least once a week using a machine with a high-efficiency particulate air filter.

  • Open windows or run ventilation fans in high-humidity areas such as bathrooms and kitchens to prevent mold and mildew growth.

    Zenaida Serrano