April: National Stress Awareness Month

Stress is the body’s natural response to a perceived threat, but long-term or chronic stress can be harmful to your mental and physical well-being. It’s important to have effective stress management tools that will help you live a happier, healthier life.

Identifying what causes you stress will help you learn how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally in the face of stressful situations.

Try these stress management tips:

  • Eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, do yoga, or meditate.
  • Keep a journal to write about your thoughts or what you’re grateful for in your life.
  • Take time to unwind with hobbies you enjoy, such as reading or listening to music.
  • Foster healthy friendships and talk with friends and family.
  • Volunteer in your community.

If you or a loved one has a new diagnosis that is stressful to manage, JAA Home Healthcare can help you make an individual care plan with your doctor.

TIP: A good sense of humor can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness! When you laugh, it lightens your mental load. It also causes positive physical changes in the body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response.

Source: Mayo Clinic and NCH