April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress has an impact on our health, our mood, and even increase our bad habits. Everyone experiences periods of stress at some time in their lives. There are several types of stress, a life-changing event such as a death in the family, loss of job, or divorce places us more at risk for the unpleasant outcome of too much stress. However, smaller, short term events like a traffic jam or getting an awful haircut, these passing events may also cause have some unwelcomed consequences. While no one can avoid stress entirely, there are ways to manage it and minimize its impact on our health.

1. Take a time out!
Experts tell us that removing ourselves from the stress trigger, if even for only a few minutes, can keep us from reacting poorly and creating additional stress. Whether it is a crying baby, or demanding boss, counting to ten and taking a few deep breaths can put a whole new spin on the situation.
2. Exercise!
You don’t have to run an hour on the treadmill or bench press three hundred pounds to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Just walking a mile or spending thirty minutes on the bike may do the trick, the important thing is engaging in exercise regularly. This can help lower blood pressure, cure insomnia and elevate your mood due to the release of endorphins.
3. Follow a healthy diet!
While stress makes most people want to eat more, be sure to choose what you eat wisely, fruits and vegetables are a superior choice to a half a gallon of ice cream! Choosing wisely will also prevent the additional stress that often accompanies weight gain.

We have just begun to discuss positive ways to manage stress, stay tuned to Facebook this month as we examine more ways to keep stress and the negative impact it can have at bay.