Tips On How to Reduce Stress During National Stress-Awareness Month

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April is National Stress-Awareness Month, so here are several tips and strategies for managing and reducing stress in your daily life.

 

Make stress-reducing activities a priority in your schedule

 

With work, school or family requiring our energy and time, it is easy for stress to build up. Relaxing activities can be pushed aside or forgotten. Here are a few ways to make sure that you take the time you need to recharge and recuperate during the week:

  • Set an alarm in the day to remind you to take a moment for yourself.
  • Tie your stress-relief activity to something you do every day. This can be taking 30 minutes to read before bed, clearing your mind while driving, or listening to relaxing music while getting ready for your day.

 

Find an activity that suits your lifestyle

 

It is important that in reducing stress, you also find the activity that best suits your lifestyle. There are activities that can be done on-the-go, and others that are best when there is a larger allotment of time. If you are unsure of how to start of what to do, there are also apps that can help you relax. Some of the activities that can reduce stress are:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Going for a walk
  • Drinking a cup or herbal tea
  • Meeting up with friends
  • Reading a book
  • Going for a drive

 

Understand your limitations

 

Sometimes there are events or obstacles in our life that can make relaxing or reducing stress difficult. If your normal activity is no longer an option, (like going to the gym when you are out of town or otherwise busy), make smaller changes for yourself and understand that it is okay, life happens. Here are some suggestions for what to do when life gets in the way:

  • Accept that sometimes there are things in our life that we cannot control; however, we can control how we respond to them.
  • If your regular activity cannot be done, try something simpler, like a breathing exercise, or a warm drink.
  • Journal your thoughts. Writing down your feelings can be cathartic.
  • Give yourself a break. Life can throw curveballs, and all we can do is try our best to accept or overcome what we are given.

 

Managing stress can be difficult, but sometimes small changes can make a difference. Finding activities that work with your lifestyle and reduce your overall stress can help you to live a happier, and healthier life.

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