Stress Awareness Month

Seems like April is many things: Autism Awareness, Parkinson’s Awareness, even Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s also Stress Awareness Month. We can all relate to stress and its effects on us. Stress can effect in our bodies in a multitude of ways – from headaches, to blood pressure, to digestion issues – it’s not a fun ride for anyone. We know it can physically take a toll, but what about mentally? Depression, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, lack of focus – these are but a few.

There are many simple ways to distress during the day (throwing your chair out of the window may seem like a stress relieving action, but believe us when we say it only brings about more…!)
Infographic Source: http://dailyinfographic.com/stress-on-the-body-infographic

  • Turn off your computer screen, close your eyes, and take 5 deep breaths. Try to remove the distractions around you and focus on your breathing.
  • Go to http://cuteoverload.com/ and browse for about 5 minutes. Cute animals are always a great distraction and make you smile.
  • Create a to-do list (although this in itself can be stressful!) and be sure to include even the simple tasks like checking your email, printing out a document, and setting a reminder call. As you complete each task during the day, strike them off. Seeing your progress will help to make you feel positive and less stressed.
  • Download The Mindfulness App from iTunes. For just $2 it’s built to help you with mediation and be mindful of your inner-self and the world around you.
  • Have a dance party! Put on your favorite song and dance around. Do it alone or with someone else, a dance around the room will up your energy and make you smile.

If you are struggling with stress levels, consulting your family doctor is a good idea.


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