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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April is also Stress Awareness Month!!

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the various demands of life. Your brain is hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection, so when it perceives a threat, a burst of hormones are released to fuel your fight-or-flight response. When the threat is gone, your body returns to normal.

Unfortunately, the constant stress of every-day life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off. Proper stress management needs to be an essential part of your daily life. The more you understand the causes of stress in your life, the better you will be able to handle it. Making healthy lifestyle choices and allowing time to do things you enjoy will get you one step closer to a less stressful life.

Because stress can affect your health in many ways, stress management is great for your health and longevity. So is laughter. (Read this for more research on laughter.) If you commit yourself to stress management this month, you'll be doing something to lead to a healthier lifestyle.
"Give your stress wings and let it fly away." ~Terri Guillemets
So how can you observe Stress Awareness Month?  There are many ways and tons of resources out there to help, but the following are a great place to start:
Understanding Stress
How To Deal With Stressors
Free E Course: 4 Weeks to Healthy Habits and Less Stress
TOP TEN favorite stress-reduction articles
Top Ten Stress Relievers
Quiz: Is Your Lifestyle Stressing You?
Stress Relief for Students
What Stress has done to your Memory and Brain
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  1. Stress is so much a part of our daily life is hard to "let it fly". In fact, most of the time, you don't realize you are stressed!! Sigh!
    I am working on it for sure!

  2. I don't think one month is enough. I sure do try to laugh more these days though. Now if I can only learn to do that while I'm exercising...

    Kidding aside, great piece Coreen. Stress is killing us all.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  3. Very ironic title Correen, I had to go for my 6 monthly Papa smear this week, I was also given a biopsy to see whether the abnormal cells could in the future cause cancer, well as you know I take life in my stride but waiting for the results are terrifying,

  4. I am a little stressed at being unaware that it is Stress Awareness Month. Guess I really need the reminders you have here!

  5. I am getting better at avoiding stress but we cannot always over step it can we??? Good reminders!

  6. Great advice Coreen. We all handle it differently, but it does need to be managed or it will get even the best of us.

  7. As I try to do my co-host duty during the A to Z Challenge, I am aware of my stress! And keeping it managable...

  8. Everyone is stressed out now!! And I do think it really helps to look at life with a sense of humor. Of course there are some things that just have no humor in them at all. Nevertheless...

  9. I didn't know this was Stress Awareness Month! Thanks for filling me in- I'll be sure to try to keep my stress levels low...

  10. HI Coreen, Luckily, I don't have much stress now (other than trying to keep up with blog comments---ha ha ).... BUT--when I was single and raising kids and working a zillion hours a week, life was nothing but STRESS... Somehow I made it through... Don't know how though...

    It's nice to have a Stress Awareness Month.

  11. A new information! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Yeah Coreen I can understand stress. I have a lot of stress induced "psychosomatic" pains all over my body every now and then. During the course of my work with disaster affected communities I have found that people often complain of headaches which our GPs often try to treat by prescribing "paracetamol". However our psychosocial care team suddenly realized that it was stress that was probably causing this ( living in a temporary shelter- wondering what is to become of the future etc). We began this counselling program and there was a reduction in the number of cases. Thanks for the post- very well written!

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