Stress Management Tips for Stress Awareness Month

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April is Stress Awareness Month! We’ve all experienced stress, whether it’s due to work, relationships, family, or school. Stress deteriorates your mental health, but it can also cause or aggravate other health problems like heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and obesity. While we can’t control everything around us, we can control how we deal with stressful scenarios. So during Stress Awareness Month, take some time to learn some stress management tips! Here’s where you can start.

Get Moving

One of the best ways to combat stress is by moving your body. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, be sure to schedule some time to move! Go for a brisk walk, hit the gym, or go to an exercise class. Exercise increases the production of endorphins, your brain’s feel-good hormones. Try to get in the habit of exercising in some form every day.

Pause for a Moment

Whether you’re stressed at work, at school, or in some other scenario, before reacting, take a moment to pause. Simply taking a moment to evaluate the situation before automatically responding can help you clear your mind. Then, once you’ve stepped away and taken the time you need, you can react accordingly with a clearer outlook.

Focus on Time Management

Often, people become stressed because there isn’t enough time in the day. From deadlines and meetings to appointments, life can get hectic. Stress can stem from a lack of time or proper time management. If you feel overwhelmed in your day-to-day life, consider rethinking your time management strategy. For example, make a to-do list of all of your priorities, or get an agenda where you can write things out. Taking time to plan the things you need to do strategically can give you a sense of control and help to eliminate stress.

Take Care of Your Health

Often, the things we indulge in to “relieve” stress can be causing more harm than good. After a stressful day, you may reach for a glass of wine or some junk food. However, drinking might not help stress. In fact, it can mess with the balance of chemicals in your brain, impacting thoughts, feelings, and actions. Additionally, drinking can negatively impact your sleep, further increasing stress. It’s essential to focus on a healthy, balanced diet to combat stress. It’s not only better for you as a whole, but doing so can support a healthy immune system and repair damaged cells. In turn, your body will receive the extra energy it needs to deal with stress!

Talk it Out

When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, one of the best ways to handle it is by talking it out! Whether with a friend, family member, significant other, or therapist, simply talking about your concerns can help get them off your chest. Not to mention, someone in your life might have an outlook on the scenario you might not otherwise come up with. When you’re stressed, don’t hold it in. Don’t be afraid to go to someone you trust and simply talk it out.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but you don’t have to let it control you. With these stress management tips, you can learn to effectively deal with your stress to live a happier, carefree life.

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