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National Stress Awareness Day: The silent killer

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Wednesday, April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day. This day originates from the Health Resource Network back in 1992 to raise awareness of stress and promote healthy solutions.

Stress is caused by various reasons. It can be financial issues, work related problems, relationships, family, healthy, and just about any other irritant. It’s impossible not to get a little stressed out every now and then, but being stressed for too long can lead to some serious health issues. Although it’s normal to worry, it’s important not to let it be a load on your shoulder.

Below are some facts about stress:

  • Women are more likely to develop a stress-related disorder than man. Illnesses include anxiety, depression, aggressive behavior, psychosomatic, and hypertension.
  • Stress is known as ‘the silent killer’ as it can lead to heart disease, suicide, poor immune function, cancer, chronic pain, and high blood pressure.
  • People who have stress are more likely to develop common illnesses like the cold, flu, and headaches.
  • The top three most stressed cities are Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
  • In America, over 95 million people suffer from a stress related illness every week.

To participate in National Stress Awareness, start by helping yourself, especially if you are stressed! By learning the above facts, you already took a step in battling stress. Below are tips to help keep your stress and worries under control.

  • If you have many things that need to get done, make a priority list. That way, if you don’t get through them all, the most important things are out of the way.
  • At the end of the day, don’t dwell on what you didn’t get to finish. Instead, be glad about the things you were able to accomplish and award yourself.
  • Take ten minute breaks in between work.
  • Listen to some calm music or stress relieving audio. You don’t have to go anywhere to buy this, there are many free videos available on YouTube.
  • Go for a walk. If you have a dog this is even better, take him along. Fresh air and stretching goes a long way.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day or massage.
  • Pick up a hobby to distract you.
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