Stress Awareness Month brings attention to mental, physical health


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April is Stress Awareness Month.

Stress is something that everyone can relate to, and April is the month that brings awareness to this.

Doctors take this month seriously in order to spread awareness about the dangers of stress.

National stress awareness month was established in 1992 by the Health Resource Network. This month is used to promote awareness toward stress and educate people about the effects of stress.

Most people make the mistake by thinking that stress put upon their body isn’t a big deal; ironically, stress is a major global epidemic that can kill people. It has been known to increase the risk of heart attacks, further depression, and cause insomnia.

A lot of people have chronic stress that causes them to feel constantly stressed. Triggers can cause bursts of stress in a person that can lead to unpredictable fits of frustration and anxiety.

Stress comes in all shapes and forms. It’s defined as any state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

Once a person becomes stressed, it’s hard to think about anything else or to concentrate. Not being able to focus properly can cause a person to shut down.

Little things like reading aloud in class or even asking to go to the bathroom can erupt into a panicky feeling inside of people.

It’s important for everyone to be aware of stress when it occurs.

According to the Centers for Diseasease Control and Prevention, “Common reactions to stress include anger, feeling numb, difficulty making decisions, nightmares, crying, sleep problems, and trouble concentrating….”

Stress can have many physical effects on the human body.

This can cause a decline in health to the musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, nervous system, and both female and male reproductive systems.

With these systems compromised, health declines and the body can shut down. This is why it’s so important for people to take care of themselves.

Some great stress relievers are breathing, taking a nap, bathing, drinking tea, or exercising.

During this month, everyone should be reminded that your health is your wealth.

Try to let go of the stress, and remember that it is only temporary.