12 Apr How to Manage Stress This Stress Awareness Month
April marks Stress Awareness Month. How are you caring for yourself?
Stress happens to the best of us. At times, it can be unavoidable and completely unbearable. Not only does stress negatively impact your mind but it can cause reactions in the body, such as headaches, stomach issues, depression, and even serious conditions like heart disease. Undue stress is not doing anybody any good. Understanding how to handle your stress means you’re in a better position physically and mentally.
Take time to recharge.
Take time for fun! Relaxing and recharging helps you better handle stress. Even just a few minutes each day to care for yourself can help you to overcome the effects of stress. Here are some ideas:
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Go on a run around your favorite park
- Have a soothing cup of tea
- Spend time with your loved ones
- Do yoga or Pilates
Catch enough zzz’s.
It’s a fact that chronic sleep deprivation causes anxiety and makes it harder for you to concentrate and be productive. Make sleep a priority from now on. If you have trouble falling asleep every night, aim to turn off all electrical devices a couple of hours before bed and do something relaxing to calm your body and mind.
Break down tasks into smaller steps.
When we look at a monster task, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed. Instead of doing this, break down what you need to do into small, bitesize pieces. Whether it’s work, school, social life, or health, finding the next logical steps can help you to move through any challenge with little stress.
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