April is stress awareness month – held every April since 1992.
Stress can affect your health and well-being in several ways. Stressed people are more susceptible to:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- a lowered immune system
To alleviate the effects of stress, you can:
- exercise – exercise and time spent outdoors can help reduce the effects and levels of stress, allowing you a break form indoor activities and providing a release of endorphins
- meditate – meditating helps to quiet the stressful thoughts in your mind
- unplug – just for a while, take a mini-vacation from your phone, tablet, computer, and TV
- rest – yes, it’s difficult, but getting the proper amount of sleep lets your body regenerate its cells and repair itself
But it’s near the end of April – why tell us this now? Because stress won’t stop on April 30 – you can use these tips year-round.