April is Stress Awareness Month Part 2



Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

Hans Selye





What is stress?
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Three types of stress

  • Routine stress related to the pressures of work, family and other daily responsibilities.
  • Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness.
  • Traumatic stress, experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster where one may be seriously hurt or in danger of being killed.

How do I deal with stress?

  • Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
  • Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
  • Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support.
    • Ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations to reduce stress due to work burdens or family issues, such as caring for a loved one.
  • Recognize signs of your body’s response to stress:
    • difficulty sleeping
    • increased alcohol and other substance use
    • being easily angered
    • feeling depressed
    • having low energy
    • over eating
  • Make a “to-do” list.
    • Write out the 10 things you would like to accomplish during the day.
    • Put them in order by highest priority to lowest.
    • Delegate the things that you can to lighten your load. Don’t be a super hero.
  • Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Get up 30 minutes earlier. If you don’t have enough time during or at the end of the day, wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal.
    • Start your morning with a cup of coffee or tea.
    • Listen to soothing music.
    • Plan your day.
    • Go outside and walk or do an in-home walking program.
  • Start a gratitude journal. What are you grateful for?
  • Exercise regularly-just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.
  • Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities.
  • Put focus on you. You need to take care of yourself first before you can care for others.

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