National Stress Awareness Day
National Stress Awareness Day is observed on the first Wednesday in November, it is an opportunity to recognize and find solutions to relieve your stress. The day aims to raise awareness of the impact of stress, strategies to address it, and sources of help and support.
Stress Awareness Day intends to advertise understanding of these particularly modern obstacles and to assist people and organizations in altering behaviors and ways of lives which might cause too much stress. Long-term stress, can build up and lead to sleepless nights and headaches. It can also do a number on your digestive, immune, and cardiovascular systems.
Stress influences us all, and no more so compared to in the workplace. The chemicals, adrenaline, and hormones that develop in our systems in response to the pressures of day-to-day life have no chance to dissipate in our modern lives, and the impacts of this could be serious sufficient to cause considerable bodily and psychological harm.
Everyone feels stress at some point during his or her workday – after all, stress is the body’s natural response to demanding stimuli. Unfortunately, some people instead of solving the problem resort to drugs or alcohol when they’re feeling stressed. In truth, that only causes more problems in the long run.
Once we identify the causes of stress in our lives, we can begin to eliminate or reduce stress. Some tools that help with stress include:
Exercise: 30 minutes a day – walking counts – is good for your mood and your health. Breath Deeply by inhaling through your nose, counting to four. Pause for a second and gently exhale while counting to four. Take hourly mini-breaks at the office during which you stretch your shoulders, back, and neck can provide physical stress relief.
Relaxation: Yoga or meditation helps soothe and recharge. Giving yourself time to recharge can help restore your system and prime it to fight stress. Connect: Keep in touch with people who are good for your spirits. Sometimes a little conversation is a good distraction.
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Eat healthily: A balanced diet gives you the nutrients to stay healthy. Too much junk food can lead to health problems and, yes, more stress. (Type 2 diabetes or pants that won’t go past your hips: Neither is likely to produce happy feelings.) Having proper nourishment will help you to perform at your best.
Set goals and boundaries: Know your limits. At the end of the day, consider what you’ve completed, not what you haven’t finished. If you’re overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to say no. Break the larger tasks into smaller, more manageable steps.
Be realistic and communicate: Don’t promise to do more than you can handle. Talk with a friend or family member outside of work about the issues that cause you to stress.
Talk to a professional: This can be your doctor about managing anxiety, or a therapist to work on coping strategies.
Please schedule a time for exercise, meditation, adequate sleep, warm baths, outdoor activities, and safe hobbies that interrupt the stress cycle. Make sure that you stay as connected as possible to family and friends, as these social supports are crucial to maintaining your equilibrium. Fifteen minutes spent walking outside or lightly stretching in a quiet room has a much more positive effect than 15 minutes spent wolfing down a bag of chips and bad coffee from the vending machine.
The best way to celebrate National Stress Awareness Day is to find stress from your daily life and remove or find ways to mitigate it.
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