April is Stress Awareness Month

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According to BrownieLocks, April is Stress Awareness Month. But, what is it?

What is Stress Anyway?

The Meriam-Webster Dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental tension and worry caused by your life, work, etc.” Basically, everything can cause stress. School, work, family, world affairs – everything!

It can hit us at any time. When we’re going to take a test or running late to the office. It can happen to anyone of any age. Sometimes, that stress can be a good thing. It can help us focus better on the task we’re doing.

What are the Symptoms of Stress?

And sometimes stress can be bad. As a mental health counselor, I see how stress can negatively impact a person. In my work with families, I find that stress can come from all sides – home, school, our neighborhood, even the world.

When I’m stressed out, I get worried, jumpy, cranky, moody. I feel like my mind is racing and can’t focus. The Center for Disease control adds that common reactions to stress are: “anger, sleep problems, body pains (headaches, stomach problems), loss of appetite, etc.”

How can you manage stress?

Because my work as a crisis counselor brings me into contact with families with severe stress, I end up absorbing some of that. And I have to work stress out of my system. The Center for Disease Control offers a variety of ways to manage stress.

For me, managing stress is about being kind to myself everyday. I do a lot of deep breathing, writing, walking, laughing, drawing, etc. Everyday, I take the time to do things that make me happy¬†before stress hits. It’s called “self-care.” You can and should do this for yourself as well.

Do what you enjoy that’s healthy for you. Sometimes it can be as simple as going for a walk or talking to a friend. Or it can be taking a ballroom dance class like I do every week (DWTS anyone?).¬† It is about taking the time to be good to yourself. Because everyday brings stress, but stress doesn’t have to beat you. You can work through it and have a successful day, everyday.

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