01 Apr April is Stress Awareness Month
This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness about stress and successful stress coping strategies.
Our bodies respond to demands or threats by releasing stress hormones, which prepare the body for emergency action. Stress, especially chronic stress, can have a harmful impact on our immune system, and can raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart disease, and increase our vulnerability to anxiety or depression.
There are many common misconceptions about stress. For example, stress does not manifest in the same way for everybody, nor does an absence of symptoms necessarily indicate a lack of stress. Trying to “relax” is also not always the best way to deal with stress. Relaxing can relieve some of the effects of stress, but without dealing with the actual stressor or cause, there can be no long-term solution.
Paying careful attention to one’s stressors and giving thought to how to handle them can be helpful in dealing with stress. In April, health care professionals all over the country come together to help raise awareness about stress and the best ways to deal with it. Zeiders salutes our staff and all the professionals working to help military members and their families deal more effectively with stress through educational services or counseling for personal stress and operational stress control.
This year, National Stress Awareness Day takes place on April 16. This is a day for sitting back, taking a breath, and devoting time to self-care and self-awareness. Stress may always be a part of our lives, but it does not have to be the most important part. Identifying and addressing stressors, practicing self-empathy and mindfulness, and using de-stressing strategies can help us live healthier and more stress-free lives.