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National Stress Awareness Day

Everybody gets stressed. It can be a positive thing that helps us make our work deadlines and avoid dangerous situations, but it can also make you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious if it isn’t managed properly. Stress doesn't discriminate and will always be a part of our lives, so it's important to find ways to cope with it before it starts to feel overwhelming.   

Being aware of events or demands that trigger stress is an important part of dealing with it in a healthy way. That's why, on April 16th, we celebrate National Stress Awareness Day!  It’s crucial to get your stress under control before it takes a toll on your body and mind, so we’ve come up with five helpful ways to keep that pesky feeling at bay. 😀

Keep a Stress Journal 📒

Part of dealing with your stress is knowing what things in your life cause it. The next time you are feeling anxious, write down what’s causing these feelings. Knowing what deadlines or expectations cause you short-term stress can help you manage those feelings and thoughts in the future.

Pro tip: While also writing about your stressors, write about what you’re grateful for to end things on a positive note! 🤗

Exercise 🚲
You know when doctors say you should exercise to prevent or relieve health issues? Well, they were 100% right to recommend hitting the gym to help with stress. Exercise reduces our body's  stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Working out also produces endorphins that help calm us down and make it easier to relax. 😊 So go ahead and take a jog or bike ride around the block the next time you are feeling those Sunday scaries.

Get Plenty of Sleep 😴

Are you getting enough Zzs at night? Not getting enough sleep can be a significant source of stress, and being stressed can interrupt your sleep. We know, it’s a bummer. Before your head hits that plush pillow, make sure you have a healthy environment to help you have a restful sleep. Make your bedroom a tranquil retreat by having a clutter-free bed, clean sheets, and keep those distracting electronics away from your nightstand.  

Pro tip: Stay away from caffeine after 4:00 p.m. or if you notice it makes you jittery, cut back on those lattes.

Meditate 🧘‍♀️

✨Inhale and exhale.✨ Meditating has many health benefits and has become one of the most popular ways to relieve tension in your mind, body, and soul. By learning to calm your mind through meditation, your physical, mental, and emotional stress can just melt away. Making meditation a part of your daily ritual can also help you build a resilience to future feelings of distress.

Talk to Someone 👥

Sometimes our stress can feel like too much, and the best way to alleviate that difficult feeling is to talk to someone about it. 😌  Whether it’s a close friend or a therapist, talking about what’s bothering you will help lighten your mood. Don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones or professionals if you need help or advice on how to tackle life’s frustrations. Your supportive network is there for you!

Although short-term stress and anxiety can pop up throughout your week, there are simple ways to reduce the pressures you’re experiencing. We hope these tips will help you combat those stressful moments and reduce the amount that you have in the future. 😀