Stress Awareness Month

“Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. And since stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognize when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.) Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular silent scourge. You’ve come to the right place for that. Let’s get started!”

Exercise has always been my “go-to” for stress relief. I used to work out 45-60 minutes a few times a week. But I now find that even doing light exercises throughout the day while at home can have a positive affect on me. By “light” I mean the basics: sit-ups, push-ups, squats, jumping jacks. Sometimes in-between meetings and deadlines.

Just recently, I’ve begun incorporating stretching and breathing exercises to my morning routine. 10-15 minutes every day. It’s amazing how calm I feel afterwards. It helps me tackle the rest of the day.

Journaling is another thing that I do, although not consistently. My goal is to journal on a daily basis even if it means writing 5-minute entries. I find journaling to have a calming effect on me too.

Lastly, I avoid checking emails and texts first thing in the morning (unless they’re from someone close to me). They can wait until I’ve had my first cup of coffee.

Look, stress is a fact of Life, but never allow it to rear its ugly head.

Give these (or other similar) activities a try!

As they say, “it’s the little things…”

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