Stress Awareness Month

The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness on stress and coping skills. Everyone deals with stress; it is a natural human response to external stimuli. Seventy-seven percent of people experience stress that affects their physical health and 73 percent of people have stress that impacts their mental health.

Although stress is very challenging to deal with, there are actions you can implement in your life that can prevent stress, or reduce it in trying situations:

Pink background: Stress awareness Month: Stop, relax daily, let go of the “should”, get some zzz’s, seek out support”

  • Accept your needs and be available for upirself.
  • Manage your time- try writing your to-do list in a daily planner.
  • Practice relaxation – take a hot shower or watch your favorite show on Netflix.
  • Accept your needs and be available for yourself.
  • Set aside time for yourself- doing whatever makes you happy!
  • Talk to someone- anyone you may trust, whether it is a friend, family, or coworker.
  • Eat well- comfort food reduces stress! (In moderation, of course)
  • Get enough sleep- at least 6 hours a night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs- they increase stress hormones.
  • Exercise daily- even if it’s just going for a walk outside.

Through educational services or counseling Zeiders certified Clinical Counselors are proud to assist service members and their families in dealing more successfully with stress.