Feeling Stressed? Learn How to Manage It in Time for Stress Awareness Month

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April is an opportunity to increase awareness about stress and its causes and symptoms with the observance of Stress Awareness Month. While it’s impossible to avoid stress all the time, you can take important measures to reduce its impact.

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, follow these five tips for reducing stress that can help improve your quality of life.

Breathe in, breathe out.

It sounds simple enough, but taking a few slow, deep breaths can help keep the stress away and improve your daily productivity. Whether you’re at home or in the office, all you need is just five minutes to relax, reflect and refocus.

Practice healthy habits.

Various lifestyle factors have been associated with increased stress, anxiety and depression. Lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking, poor diet, and excessive alcohol use are common sources of stress. Eat right, exercise and avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.

Get your rest.

Stress and sleep deprivation go hand in hand. Keeping regular nighttime habits that promote good sleep can go a long way toward helping reduce stress. Try to keep the same bedtime every night and create a relaxing sleep environment so that you get plenty of shut-eye.

Start moving.

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. It causes a rush of endorphins that can improve your mood and give you a sense of well-being. By getting up on your feet, you are taking the first step to reducing stress. Experts recommend that you get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day or 150 minutes each week.

Make a connection.

If you’re feeling lonely or confused, make a phone call to a friend or family member. Visit a coffee shop, art gallery or some public gathering. You can escape the stress for a little while and improve your state of mind.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.