April is the month when tax filings are due for many folks, so it is no surprise that April was chosen to be the National Stress Awareness Month.
"Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being."
The HHS goes on to offer a few ideas for decreasing stress:
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Go for a run
- Have a cup of tea
- Play a sport
- Spend time with a friend or loved one
- Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
- Do yoga
While some stress is a reality of life for most of us, recognizing it and finding ways to manage it can reap many rewards. The Mayo clinic also offers tips on ways to manage stress, which include thinking positively, and maintaining a strong social network.
Whatever your situation, Rosen & Spears would like to encourage everyone to consider if there is one activity they might realistically add to (or take out of) their schedule to enjoy a decrease in stress.
Wishing you all good health!
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