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April is stress awareness month

Stress Awareness Month!

April is stress awareness month! Effectively managing stress is essential for maintaining overall well-being. Acquiring healthy coping techniques, seeking assistance from friends, family, or professionals, and participating in activities that foster relaxation and self-care are vital approaches for mitigating stress and its negative impact on both physical and mental health as we age.

This month try to incorporate a stress management technique such as deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation, and/or relaxation into your daily or weekly routine so that they become natural responses when stressful situations or events occur.

Deep Breathing:

Practice deep breathing exercises to promote relaxation and reduce the body’s stress response. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing or box breathing can be effective.

Try this video to learn deep breathing techniques:

Mindfulness and Meditation:

Engage in mindfulness meditation or other forms of meditation to cultivate present-moment awareness and reduce stress levels.

Watch Diana Winston’s TED talk on the impact of mindfulness and brain health:

Also, Check out the Calm App

Relaxation Techniques:

Practice relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, or listening to calming music. – Here is an example of progressive muscle relaxation to try.