Plus, see our top tips for keeping your chill
Stress is a part of our lives, whether we like it or not!
Today, November 2, is National Stress Awareness Day. Established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), the annual event was created to help provide information on stress and tools for coping with it both at work and in everyday life.
“Stress Awareness Day is your opportunity to start looking after yourself and your life, and break down the individual stressors in your life,” says the ISMA. “Failure to deal with stress in your life effectively can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system.”
Even though stress is an inevitable part of human existence, however, we don’t have to let it take over our being. Here are some strategies dealing with it:
1. Avoid Caffeine
It is a stimulant that will increase your level of stress, rather than reduce it. Opt for water instead!
Physical activity helps bump up your production of endorphins, neurotransmitters in the brain that make you feel happy. Get moving!
3. Get Some Sleep
Studies show that most Americans would be healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night. Try your best to get in a full 8 hours!
4. Practice Relaxation Techniques
Mindful meditation is great way to calm yourself down when things get too much. Not sure how to meditate? Follow along to this video.
5. Talk To Someone
If the stress begins to takeover, reach out for help. Talking to a therapist or undergoing counseling like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help tremendously with anxiety.
In the meantime, unwind with a cute dog video – puppies always make us feel better!
We love you #YSBnowFam! <3