April is Stress Awareness Month

The word “stress” written on a tile that has been shattered by the hammer that lays across it. “Did you know” fact column on the right side of the image.This is a time dedicated to increasing awareness about stress and strategies that can be used to cope with stress. It is important to understand that stress is a normal part of life, nobody is immune to it. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans experience extreme stress involving shaking, heart palpitations, and depression.

Starting in 1992, Stress Awareness Month serves as a reminder to pay attention to our health. While stress may be a part of our lives, it is important that it not become the most important part of our lives. There are many ways to help prevent and manage stress.

Take a look at these tips for reducing stress in your life:

  • Take a break
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine that can amplify stress
  • Build strong relationships
  • Learn to say no
  • Eating a diet full of fresh, whole food helps the body combat stress naturally
  • Practice yoga or relaxation techniques
  • Establish a healthy sleeping routine

Zeiders life skills educators, mobile trainers and licensed clinical counselors are honored to help military members and their families deal more effectively with stress through educational services or counseling for personal stress and operational stress control.