Stress impacts all of our lives and it affects us in all in different ways. Stress can be positive, like having a survival instinct to run away from danger. It can also act as a motivator to carry out tasks by a deadline. However, too much stress can become a problem. In the month of April, we bring awareness to stress to learn more about how to cope with stress appropriately.
This year’s theme for Stress Awareness Month is community. A lot of the time when we are feeling stressed, we feel alone and trapped. One of the best stress relieving techniques is having people in our lives to talk to when we are feeling stressed. This could be a family member or a close friend. Having a support system is very important because everyone at some point in time will feel overwhelmed with life and will need to talk about how they are feeling.
While having a support system is important for stress relief, knowing how to release stress independently is just as important. Making lists is a good example. It allows you to grab control of your life by scheduling out your day or week. This can provide a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of power that everything is stable and in place as you can see your own progress. Large tasks also become less intimidating when they are broken down into smaller tasks.
Physical activity is also a very good and common technique for stress relief. This can be in a variety of forms, offering lots of flexibility. Ranging from swimming and long distance running to something as simple as going for a walk or mowing the lawn. Anything that gets your body up and moving can be used for stress reduction. Physical activity is not just relieving your mental health from stress but also helping overall physical health. Find lots of different ways to move more on our Get Active page.
For information on advice and local support with stress visit our Stress page. To find out more about Stress Awareness Week including their 30-Day Challenge visit the Stress Management Society website.
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