Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising public awareness about the physical and mental harm that stress can have on individuals. Understanding how to manage stress is a key factor in achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Stress is an incredibly common emotion that we all experience in different degrees. Business women/men, teenagers, homemakers, athletes, and even retired elderly people— everybody faces stress to some extent. To make matters worse, many of us don’t recognize the warning signs of stress, or know how to manage it properly.

While it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed out at times, it’s important to acknowledge that it can have serious long-term health effects. Unchecked stress can lead to physical illnesses such as headaches and digestive issues, as well as heightened risks of depression and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to tackle stress head-on. Here are some effective strategies:

1. Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce stress by releasing endorphins and improving your overall mood.

2. Eat healthy: A healthy diet can help your body manage stress. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and lean protein.

3. Engage in self-relaxation: There are many simple inexpensive ways to have a little calm in your life – listen to music, take a walk, read a book, be creative, talk to a friend, exercise, take a hot bath or whatever helps you to release the stress from your mind and body.