Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | April 2, 2012

April is Stress Awareness Month!

In its 20th consecutive year, April is designated as Stress Awareness month. Throughout the month, health care professionals and various entities collaborate to increase awareness and education efforts regarding stress and its effects on society.


While not all stress is necessarily “bad,” pervasive and damaging stress has been on the rise for quite some time and has been deemed a significant health problem in America, according to the American Institute of Stress. Stress can cause a wide range of health-related side effects, including headaches and sporadic body pain, lowered immunity and greater susceptibility to illnesses, stomach problems and nausea, disruptions in sleeping patterns and much more.

Even more concerning is the impact of long-term and chronic stress on the cardiovascular system. Chronic stress has been associated with hypertension and increased risk for heart disease and heart attack. In addition to its physical effects, stress can impact emotional, cognitive and behavioral well-being.

The good news: Despite these alarming impacts, there are actually numerous ways to alleviate the effects of stressors in your life. While we can’t always control events that may lead to a stress-response, we can control how we react to stressful events over the long term. Throughout the month we will visit this topic and examine facts, coping skills and the latest information pertaining to stress!

The following sites provide helpful information and resources on this subject:

Helpguide.org-http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm

Mayo Clinic: Health Information-http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-symptoms/SR00008_D

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

Official Site for Stress Awareness Month-http://stressawarenessmonth.com/

American Institute of Stress-http://www.stress.org/americas.htm

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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