This year marks the 20th year in a row that April 1-30 has been officially designated as National Stress Awareness Month (http://stressawarenessmonth.com). During this thirty day period, stress experts and other health care professionals are encouraged to join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
Sponsored each year since 1992 by The Health Resource Network, Inc. (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.
Stress May Cause Serious Health Issues
Stress can result from many different factors, called stressors, stemming from one’s home, job, or personal relationships, and the different challenges and difficulties each day as a part of life. Poorly managed stress can result in symptoms ranging from fatigue, headache, muscle tension, anxiety, loss of energy, and mood changes to serious health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Once you are able to identify the sources of stress in your life, you can begin to manage it by taking charge of your life and avoiding or altering either the situations that bring you stress, or the way you react to them.
A few quick tips for relieving stress:
- Be sure to take time for yourself each day
- Try deep breathing or meditation
- Practice Yoga or just stretch while deep breathing
- Read a book
- Take a hot bath
- Laugh - read a joke or think of a funny memory
- Go for a walk or run - exercise is a great stress reliever
- Talk to someone about why you are feeling stressed
- Take a B Complex vitamin which can reduce the effects of stress
- Write it down in either a journal or blog
- Watch a funny old movie or home videos that makes you laugh
- Play or cuddle with your dog or cat - they love you no matter what!
- Have sex - sexual activity releases endorphins and other feel-good hormones
- Get a massage
For more details about National Stress Awareness Month 2012, please visit http://stressawarenessmonth.com. The Health Resource Network, Inc. (HRN) is a small, privately-owned, non-profit health education corporation (501C3), founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1982.
How do you relieve the stress in your life? We'd love to hear what works best for you!