April 16, 2019 is National Stress Awareness Day. In fact, the whole month of April is designated as National Stress Awareness Month. Why you ask? Well for one, taxes are due in April… coincidence or not?!
Whether it’s rushing to finish your taxes or dealing with day-to-day stresses such as your job, traffic, kids or whatever else, it’s beneficial to relieve stress as often as possible.
Some suggestions are:
- Physical activities
- Deep breathing exercises
- Relaxing alone or with family and friends
- Reading a book
- Listening to music
- Bubble baths
- Taking a nap
- Petting your pet
- Learning to say NO!
It may help to identify the root of your stress and either avoid it, learn to work around it or to minimize it. Seeing a professional counselor or therapist, may help you identify these stressors and teach you coping skills. Remember that you have the power to shape your life and control your reaction to others and situations. There is only one YOU and YOU need to take care of YOU.
Per mayoclinic.org, stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It can also be in direct correlation with heart disease and depression, and can affect your immune system. If you experience chest pain, especially if you also have shortness of breath, jaw or back pain, pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, sweating, dizziness, or nausea, seek emergency medical attention immediately. These may be warning signs of a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms.
So, for National Stress Awareness Day, we say RELAX and enjoy yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take everything with a grain of salt. Let it roll off your back. Wise old sayings that still ring true today. Especially in this fast-paced world in which we live.
Stay calm and carry on.
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