Slow Down for Stress Awareness Month

Getting stressed is inevitable. Stress is something we have experienced at one point or another throughout our lives. It isn’t healthy for you to be stressed, so take notice of what is making you stressed in life.

April is National Stress Awareness month. It has been observed since 1992 when the Health Resource Network wanted to increase awareness about the causes and the cures of stress. Medical professionals say that stress can lead to health problems like increased acne, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression.

Stress is occasionally a constant in our lives that no one enjoys. It is caused by different reasons. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, stress affects 80 percent of college students on a daily basis.

Attending college can be an additional challenge, but don’t let it stress you out. The pressure for good grades and reoccurring course work could cause stress, or it could be from the pressure you put on yourself for perfection. There are ways to manage the extra stress and become aware of what is causing it. As the typical term semester is wrapping up, we have a few tips to get you through the semester to manage your stress level.

Stay positive. It sounds simple, but it is easy to fall into a negative slump. Sometimes negativity is all around you, at work, social networks, and even in your peer groups. Work on staying positive.

Find your relaxing time. Try yoga, running, meditation, reading, or doing something that relaxes you. Find that something that helps you to relax and relieve stress.

Listen to music. Music can help you relax. Even try a different type of music, like, classical with studying.

Sleep. A full night of rest can help you tackle the next day properly and not have sleep deprivation.

Eat Healthy. A healthy meal will provide you energy and brainpower, without it you will feel sluggish and low on energy.

Do something fun. Find something you enjoy and go do it! It will ease the stress when participating in an activity that makes you happy.

Laugh. Laughing reduces stress hormones. Keep good company and continue to laugh in life.

Being able to manage your stress effectively is a skill. How do you de-stress? Share with us in the comments below your stress reducing techniques.

Author: Claire Stewart

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