Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | April 4, 2013

Stress Awareness Month

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April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress Awareness Month is a national and collaborative initiative to increase awareness on an issue that impacts millions of people every day. Stress, especially chronic stress, can have harmful effects on physical and mental health.

For more information on Stress Awareness Month and free resources from the Health Resource Network website, click here.

Increased stress is associated with higher risk of heart attack, higher risk of diabetes, and impaired immune function. Read about this and more in a Huffington Post article highlighting stress research here.

Much of how stress affects people has to do with perceptions and reactions, which means that there are controllable factors and healthy steps to take in relation to how we respond to stress. Read on for some helpful stress management tips!

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Take Breaks – When at work or at a computer for long periods of time, make sure to take breaks frequently. Make sure to look away from the computer several times throughout every hour, and get up and stretch for a bit. Take actual lunch breaks away from work whenever possible and use this time to relax and recharge.

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Schedule Social Time – Maintaining a friendship network is important. Having social support is incredibly beneficial, and sometimes one of the best ways to reduce stress is to just talk to someone.    

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Putting it into Perspective – Putting stressors down on paper and also assigning a rating to them can help provide a greater sense of control and put things into perspective. When writing down stressors, divide them into groups of what is possible to change and what may be outside of one’s control. In addition, try assigning a number on a 1 – 10 scale to each stressor, as this can help in evaluating stressors and determining what is really worth worrying over.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– Helpguide.org. Quick stress relief: Fast and effective ways to rapidly reduce stress. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/quick_stress_relief.htm.

– Chan, A.L. (2013). Stress research: 10 new things we learned this year, for national stress awareness month. Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/01/stress-research-stress-awareness-month-new-findings-2013_n_2979654.html#slide=2280886.

– Castleman, M. 37 Stress management tips from the experts. Reader’s Digesthttp://www.rd.com/health/wellness/37-stress-management-tips/.

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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