*updated January 2019
Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been held every April. Stress does not just affect your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses, ranging from headaches to stomach disorders to depression. Stress can even increase the risk of serious conditions such as stroke and heart disease. April’s goal is to bring light and understanding to the mind/stress/health connection that can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being. Here are ways that you can remain stress free during Stress Awareness Month.
To honor Stress Awareness Month, it is very important to get educated about stress. I believe that education is the first step to understanding any issue. This Stress Management: Identifying Your Stress Triggers Pocket Slider identifies stressful situation and teaches coping mechanisms for individuals. This product includes tips and information pertaining to the importance of a good night’s sleep, exercise, diet, nutrition, and laughter. All of these things can alleviate stress. This slider also helps people to identify the difference between good and bad stress.
You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re probably too busy and stressed to fit it into your daily routine. Exercise in any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from your daily worrries. You can keep this exercise band anywhere. This way, no matter where you are, you can make sure that you follow a daisy exercise routine and maintain health stress levels.
My favorite exercise item, which I keep at my desk and in my car, are the hand grips. These come in handy when I’m in traffic or in the midst of a difficult phone call.
Just remember, like Elle Woods says: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
Spread the Word
After you educate your employees on the dangers of stress, you can give them a constant reminder gift. One idea is to pass out the Happy Mood Dud Stress Reliever. Recipients can keep this happy guy on their desk so that they can turn to it when they’re having a rough day at the office. What’s your favorite Stress Ball?
An Alternative to Exercise
If physical exercise isn’t your cup of tea, try a journal. Get in the habit of turning to your personal journal when you start to feel stressed out. Journal writing will help you cope with anger, frustration, and irritability. When you start to feel overwhelmed, manage stressful situations by taking a short break with your journal.
It doesn’t take much time and it’s a helpful way for you to record and decipher the stressors in your life. Over time, look back at past entries, and see if you can identify and patterns. A great way to promote journal writing is to hand out a designated journal pen. The “Relax Calm Down” Talking Pen is the perfect item for stressful times.
Be proactive this month and take on a gratifying role of supporting and promoting wellness initiatives at your home and workplace!
Stress Awareness Month
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