Coping: Journaling, meditation, exercise

Oct. 30, 2006 at 7:22 AM

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- People with life-shattering diagnoses may find comfort, courage and resolve though journaling, meditation and exercise, says a U.S. author.

The mental and physical release of tension can give people the strength and determination to face their challenges and find the inner self that they may never knew existed, according to Corinne Laboon, author of "I Will Survive: Techniques for Coping with a Health Challenge."

"It is easy to sit back and wallow in self-pity and let the diagnosis own you, but people facing a health challenge and those who love them need to own their situations," says Laboon.

"People thrust into the roles of patient or caregiver need to identify if they are a china doll that cracks easily or an action figure that returns to form no matter how many times they are bent to the breaking point."

Laboon includes a special section addressing the emotional needs of young children and adolescents facing health challenges in their lives, blending stories with easy-to-complete activities, questions and exercises.

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