Stress Awareness Month
April is National Stress Awareness Month! While small levels of stress can be helpful in motivating you to complete a task on time, too much stress can be detrimental to your health. If you are currently suffering from low energy, headaches, upset stomach, chest pains, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, or frequent colds, you may be suffering from stress. Symptoms of stress can also present in more unique ways, such as an increased sweet tooth, eczema, or adult acne. Often times, stress increases inflammation and leads to breakouts. It is also important to consider the source of your stress, whether it be at work, home, school, or stemming from relationships with friends or family members.
Once you identify that you are suffering from stress, there are multiple ways to work on decreasing it. If you are short on time, you can try simple tricks, like taking a few deep breaths. You can also listen to music that you find soothing, watch a funny video online, or treat yourself to (just one!) piece of candy. Chewing gum has also been proven to relieve anxiety, improve alertness, and reduce stress while multitasking. If you are looking for some long-term stress management practices, consider buying a houseplant, or having specific times when you shut down all electronics. Meditation or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have also been proven to help people manage stress. Our next 8-week MBSR program starts in the Fall here at Cognitive Health Solutions, so consider signing up to make a positive change!