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April is Stress Awareness Month

Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. And since stress is a normal part of human existence nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognize when stress rears its ugly head. Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular silent scourge. You’ve come to the right place for that. Let’s get started!

HOW TO OBSERVE STRESS AWARENESS MONTH

Practice Meditation

One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation is one of the most popular methods of achieving this quiet.

Exercise

Another way to battle the debilitating effects of stress is to exercise. Whether you're a jogger, bicyclist our just like to take long walks, be sure to get some fresh air and exercise into your daily routine.

Visit your doctor

They're really in the best position to get your started on the path to a stress-free lifestyle. Make an appointment today.

TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH STRESS

 

Effecting more than just your mind

Long term stress can prove to be more than just a mental issue. From headaches to stomach disorders to depression – even very serious issues like stroke and heart disease can come as a result of stress. When you are placed in a stressful situation, specific stress hormones rush into your bloodstream leading to an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. This is helpful in emergency situations, but having this “rush” for extended periods of time can be dangerous and make you susceptible to the issues mentioned previously.

 

Learn to overcome issues you can not change

Sometimes the stress in our lives is not something we any power to change – it is during these times that Federal Occupational Health recommends you change your approach to situations. Try to…

  • Recognize when you don’t have control, and let it go.

  • Avoid getting anxious about situations that you cannot change.

  • Take control of your reactions and focus your mind on something that makes you feel calm and in control.

  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal growth, and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.

Coping with Stress

  • Take care of yourself – eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, give yourself a break if you feel stressed.

  • Discuss your problems with a parent, friend or another trusted source.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.

  • Recognize when you need more help – know when to talk to a psychologist, social worker or counselor if things continue.

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