April is Stress Awareness Month, and we know many people are struggling with added stress during this difficult time, so here's a little encouragement and tips on getting through!
Stress is often defined as “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension,” and while we know that there can be good and bad stress, the most important thing is to manage that stress in a healthy way.
One of the best ways to manage your stress is taking inventory of current stressors and recognizing the effects those stressors have on your current lifestyle. Research shows that stress that goes ignored can contribute to physical and mental health problems later in life.
Experts suggest avoiding alcohol or controlled substances to cope with stress. Instead, try getting active with exercises that you enjoy like biking, yoga, or a swim as the weather improves. It’s also important to prioritize activities and create a separation between things that you can and cannot control to keep you balanced.
Other ways to manage stress include setting clear boundaries between work and home life, practicing prayer or meditation, and talking with a counselor or other members of your support systems.