Healthy Living: Reduce Stress during Stress Awareness Month
According to the American Psychological Association, more than one third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress. Stress can have a negative impact on our emotional and physical well being. Now is the perfect time to reflect on the causes of stress and ways to reduce it. Not only does April bring new life and changes, it is Stress Awareness Month. Stress Awareness Month exists to inform and educate people about the dangers of stress and how to reduce its effects.
Stress, both physical and mental, can transpire in many forms:
If ignored or not dealt with appropriately stress can: cause anxiety or depression; affect the heart and circulatory system, placing you at higher risk for heart disease or stroke; affect weight when eating too much or too little; result in difficulty with memory or concentration; or cause physical pain such as headaches, muscle pain or stomach discomfort. If untreated, these could grow into disorders and long-term health problems.
Of course avoiding the triggers of stress is one way to resolve this issue. However, some stress is unavoidable. When dealing with stress, follow these dos and don’ts.
If you are having a hard time dealing with your stress, want additional information or ways to reduce stress, consult your physician. Or, take advantage of the community health education classes the Women's Heart Secrets Program offers. Find out more information by visiting www.heartsecrets.org and clicking on "Classes, News and Events" on the left hand side.