Unwind in April: National Stress Awareness Month

It's been said that "Stress is the new fat." Well this April we're going to show you why you need to unwind. April is National Stress Awareness Month. This month we emphasize the importance of informing the public about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.

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Stress Quick Facts

  1. Stress is not a motivator
  2. Drinking alcohol does not help you de-stress
  3. Stress doesn't always have symptoms
  4. Stress is not inevitable; there are ways to prevent it
  5. Stress symptoms are not the same for everyone
  6. Stress and anxiety are not the same condition

What Causes Stress

  • Perceiving a threat
    • When this happens, stress hormones rush into your blood stream, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. 
  • Immediate danger
  • Work conflicts
  • Worry over debt
  • Bad memories or experiences
  • Anxiety

Stress Symptoms & Signs

There are many signs and symptoms. Here are a few of the key signs to watch for. 

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgement
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Aches and pains
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little

Stress is Both Mental & Physical

Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. Long-term stress may lead to a variety of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. There is a deep connection between your mind, stress levels and health status. Understanding this can help you better manage your well-being. Stress can also damage your immune system over time. 

Take Time to Unwind

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It's healthy to relax, renew and rejuvenate. Stress happens. Sometimes it's unavoidable, at times it's unbearable. Taking time for yourself is very important. 

  • Recognize when you don't have control, and let it go.
  • Don't get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
  • Take control of your own reactions, and focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. 
  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal- professional growth and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.
  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate