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Here’s What Stress Does to Your Body—and How You Can Cope

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

April is Stress Awareness Month | Senior Care | Home Helpers | Bradenton FL

April is Stress Awareness Month. That may not be something to celebrate exactly, but it does bring attention to the importance of managing stress in our lives. After all, the daily pace of life can cause a lot of stress, not to mention the stress of the news nowadays, both political and nonpolitical.

Unfortunately, stress affects our physical and mental health and can cause long-term health issues if you’re not careful. Here are just a few ways that stress affects us:

  • Muscles tense up. Over time, this could lead to tension headaches or migraines.
  • Eating habits may change. You could find yourself eating too much or too little.
  • More stomach problems happen, including nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
  • Stress can change the way you breathe. That could lead to asthma attacks during acute stress or panic attacks.
  • Your blood pressure could skyrocket.
  • Depression and anxiety become more common.

These are just a few examples of how stress can affect you and your health, and it’s not a complete list. The bottom line is that stress is dangerous for your health.

Now, here’s the good news. There’s no way to eliminate all stress from your life. However, you can learn to manage it better. Here are some quick ideas to turn April’s Stress Awareness Month into our newly named Better Stress Management Month.

  1. Accept what you can’t control when it comes to the stressors in your life. Focus on what you can control, so you can change those things as much as possible.
  2. Set aside time each day to de-stress. Even if you’re a busy mom or a harried executive (or both) or an over-committed volunteer, it’s crucial to make time for something you enjoy. Identify something that relaxes you, and make a point to do it regularly.
  3. Move more. Exercise is like a medication, only without the side effects of real medicine. It’ll boost your feel-good hormones and help you relax.
  4. Laugh. Those silly online videos you try not to watch because you have too much going on? It’s OK—take some brief time to check ‘em out! If they make you laugh, it’ll add some valuable stress relief to your day (of course, don’t devote your whole day to the funny cat videos or you might stress about missing deadlines—do it just long enough for a good chuckle).
  5. Reach out. Online connections may seem great, but sometimes, hearing a friend or family member’s voice on the phone or meeting with them in person is a better way to destress and talk about problems.
  6. Ask for help. If you follow these tips to destress and you still are overwhelmed, don’t be too proud to ask others for help. Be it a friend, paid help, or a family member, you may be surprised to see how willing most people are to lighten your load.

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