As we step into the month of April, we cannot help but acknowledge the significance of National Stress Awareness Month.
Stress is an everyday part of our lives, but it is essential to remember that it can take a toll on our mental and physical health if left unchecked. In light of this, the Living Healthy segment for this month focuses on ways to manage stress effectively and healthily.
The human body processes both emotional and physical stress in a similar way, and while some stress can be beneficial, prolonged stress can negatively impact your overall well-being. Joy Higbee, the Wellness Strategy Manager for Hancock Health, notes that stress manifests in different ways for people, such as back pain, teeth grinding, and trouble sleeping.
Furthermore, Higbee explains that these manifestations could lead to more significant problems if left unaddressed, highlighting the importance of identifying stress triggers and healthy ways to manage them.
While vices such as smoking, drinking, and unhealthy eating can provide temporary relief, Higbee suggests adopting healthier habits such as exercise and breathing exercises. The expert recommends avoiding electronic devices, particularly before bed, as the blue light could disrupt sleep and exacerbate stress levels.
According to Higbee, the support of loved ones, workout partners, or mental health professionals is crucial in managing stress. Speaking to someone about one’s burdens can significantly alleviate stress and provide mental clarity. Additionally, taking a break from a stressful situation by enjoying the outdoors or visiting Hancock Health’s Healthy Wellness 365 website can provide a much-needed respite.
This National Stress Awareness Month, it is essential to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Remember to identify your stress triggers and adopt healthy habits to manage stress effectively. Seek support from loved ones or mental health professionals and take breaks from stressful situations to maintain a healthy balance.