Let’s Address the Stress: National Stress Awareness Month

Apr 11, 2024 | Main Blog | 0 comments

Since 1992, the month of April has been recognized as National Stress Awareness Month. I myself am no stranger to the ramifications of chronic stress, a silent but sizeable challenge shared by many across the world.

While stress is a natural response to adversity, an excessive amount is dangerous for your physical and mental well-being. Not to mention, if you’re unaware that your stress is negatively affecting your behavior and thoughts, it can also impact your relationships.

Chronic stress can take a toll on your body. With increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol, your heart rate and blood pressure can rise, disrupting hormone regulation and heightening your susceptibility to conditions such as diabetes, depression, and immune disorders. Additionally, it can disturb the gut biome, manifesting as stomach pain or nausea. Not a fun time.

It’s crucial to keep some strategies in your back pocket to manage stress when it crops up. How do you maintain manageable stress levels? If you’re looking for new ways, consider these approaches:

1. Engage in physical activities such as sports—I play golf and volleyball! Physical activity gets me smiling and is a great way to release built-up stress.

2. Explore mindfulness and meditation. I find solace in moments of silence.

3. Prioritize sufficient sleep. Sleeping and waking up early is an excellent habit that makes me feel refreshed and energized for the day ahead.

4. Travel. Changing my daily schedule or having something to look forward to has helped me through some stressful moments!

5. Spend time with family or friends. The amount of support you have in difficult times can define your experience. Lean on those who care about you!

Life’s challenges may seem daunting, and some hardships are especially bleak. This is when perseverance is essential. All these habits have helped me manage my stress, but shifting my perspective has been the most impactful change. As a practicing Christian, I find comfort in the belief that the best is yet to come. I don’t think you need to believe in God to find solace in this idea.

You can do it! Let’s conquer these moments together!

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