April Is Stress Awareness Month
Did you know that April is stress awareness month? Stress can be positive like planning for a wedding and it could be negative like losing a job. Either way, stress plays an important part in our health. Signs of stress can show up as a headache, muscle tension, sleeplessness, even cardiovascular disease. While stress is unavoidable for some there are ways to help control it. Let's look at a few easy steps.
1- eating whole foods helps combat stress naturally. (Fruits, Vegetables, Whole grains)
2- exercise for a least 30 minutes a day lowers blood pressure and can help release stress naturally. (Walking, Jogging, Swimming,)
3-getting enough rest, when you don’t get enough rest anxiety and depression increase. So try turning off electronic devices 30 minutes before bed that will help get you into a routine for the brain to relax for bedtime.
4-learn how to relax, try the 4-7-8 deep breathing technique. Inhale for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds, exhale for eight seconds. Continue for as long as you need to feel relaxed.
5-Journaling, putting your thoughts on paper it’s a great way to release stress as you’re writing down your feelings it helps you to sort through your feeling and sometimes finding a solution.
6- Learning something new- Always wanted to take a cooking class? Considering an herb garden? Learning new skills and taking the time to do something you love creates an outlet to relieve stress. Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of picking up something new – it can be as small as playing a 15 minute game of Solitaire. Just make sure it’s something you enjoy to do.
These are a few easy steps you can do on your own to help keep stress under control. Monitor how each step helped you and what the results were. Keep a record of all your progress and I recommend a great self care journal to help you do that, click the link below.
Until Next Time,
XOXO, The Glamie Corner by TJ Cheeks