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What is stress, and how can you manage it?

Date Posted

04/16/2019

Category

Prevention

Stress

According to medlineplus.gov, “Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.”

Stress can be the result of work, finances, relationships and health problems. National Stress Awareness Day is April 16. On this day, we can mindfully set aside time to recognize the stressors we combat daily and how to relieve those stressors.

Although life can be demanding, here are five techniques you can practice to reduce the pressure you may be experiencing.

  1. Focused breathing has been shown to relieve stress. Take five minutes out of your day to focus on your breathing. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly to become fully aware of your breathing.

  2. According to unc.edu, eating healthy fats, vegetables and high-fiber foods can help you stay strong and healthy and will give you the energy you need for the day.

  3. Regular exercise can boost your mood, increase confidence and allow you to focus on working out rather than worrying.

  4. WebMD recommends keeping a gratitude journal to remember the things that are good in your life. When you focus on what you’re grateful for, it becomes difficult to focus on negativity.

  5. Go somewhere that brings you peace. Wherever that may be, take time to soak in the surroundings and remember why that place brings you peace.

Throughout the stressful moments that flood your life, intentionally set aside time to take care of yourself. Although it may seem like a simple concept, daily routines can cloud the opportunities you have to invest in your mental, emotional and physical health. Make the conscious decision to understand your stress, where it’s coming from and how you can manage it.

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