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Enlist the help of a higher power.

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Enlisting the help of a higher power can be done in two ways.

One way is to just let go -- and mentally turn the situation over to a higher power. 

The second is prayer. Even if you don't believe in a higher power, or the power of prayer, many people report that praying is helpful. It can't hurt. 

  • Prayer is a petition (a request) to God, a god, or a higher being. 
  • Prayer helps cope with illness, stress and anxiety.  It also promotes a positive outlook and helps provide a strong will to live. It also helps people feel better and stronger.
  • People who are religious have a lower risk of alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, mental illness and risk of suicide.
  • Prayer takes many forms. It can be practiced in many ways.
    • Prayer can be silent or aloud. 
    • Prayer can be alone, or in a group. 
    • Prayer can occur anywhere, for example, in a religious setting, at home, or in a field.
  • You can pray for yourself, for some one else, or some else can pray for you. Whether prayer helps if it is done by other people to benefit you, or by you to benefit other people, is being studied.

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