November 1st marks National Stress Awareness Day. This special recognition was created by The International Stress Management Association more than a decade ago. According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of adults experience moderate to high-levels of stress within the last 30 days and 1 in 75 people will experience a panic attack. Stress is prevalent in our everyday. With so many struggling to balance work, home, family, and more it’s no wonder that stress has been linked to mental health challenges. We cannot avoid stress entirely, but here are some tips to help you release stress and relax more.
1. MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY Many times, we allow deadlines and never-ending to-do lists dictate our personal care. Make time for regular physical activity, even if it is just a short walk around the office. Eat balanced meals and make your health a priority. When you are 100% you will be better equipped to help other.
2. MAKE REASONABLE LISTS Don’t overload your day with a huge to-do list. It’s too much pressure. Instead think of your top three priorities. If something doesn’t fit in today’s plans, then reflect, reschedule, and renegotiate your commitments. You control your day!
3. MAKE TIME TO UNWIND Relaxation, breathing & meditation exercises have been proven to be effective in reducing stress & anxiety. They not only allow you to relax, but they have been known to boost your immune system. Just a few minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your quality of life.
4. LET GO OF DISTRACTIONS If you’re experiencing too much pressure or just have a lot going on in your life, staying focused isn’t easy. While you cannot control what life throws your way, you can make the decision to walk away from situations that are taking your peace away. Let go of distractions that are keeping you off balance.
5. EMBRACE YOUR CONFIDENCE One key to stress-free living is to accept yourself for exactly who you are today, including past mistakes and things you might not be so proud of. Work on your self-belief and confidence and just go for it! Don’t let other bring you down.
6. REACH OUT TO A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL We often avoid sharing our problems because we want to stay in control, but it’s time we realize that the only way to truly deal with our problems may be to seek counsel. Seeing a mental health professional can be life-changing and will give you the tools you need to live a healthier, less stressful life.
While, National Stress Awareness Day is only recognized for one day, stress is a constant in life. We hope these tips help you SO YOU LIVETM healthy, happy, and strong.
Source: The International Stress Management Association