April is National Stress Awareness Month!

April is National Stress Awareness Month!

Apr 13, 2015 01:22 PM EDT - Author: Adrienne

Did you know April is designated National Stress Awareness Month?  
Perhaps it’s because it’s the same month that taxes are due… but nonetheless!  April is dedicated to inform the public about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society. Stress does not only affect your mind, it can also cause a wide range of other problems such as headache, stomach disorders or even more serious such as stroke and heart disease. Whether it’s work demands, financial pressures, family problems, etc., there are many causes of stress and we all know how much pain it can cause.  
But, what do you do about stress?
Sometimes if you know that a certain situation or event causes you stress, simply avoiding that event can take care of it.  However, we all know that stresses pop up without warning.  Luckily, there is a low-cost, fast-acting and highly effective treatment available. It’s called “relaxation,” and the directions are simple: for maximum effectiveness, use as often as needed.    
The Federal Occupational Health group (a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has created a section of their website for this topic.  Visit the Stress Awareness page to find some tips on deep relaxation and meditation, and a 3-minute relaxation technique you can lean and practice today!  Whether you re-invigorate yourself through reading, jogging, playing with a pet, or laughing with a friend, for your health’s sake, make sure you tackle your stress head-on and… take time to unwind!
More tips and tools for stress relief:
  • Stress reduction tool kit - download your free copy here!
  • Help spread the word about stress awareness month with this flyer
  • More resources available here
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