Sure, most of us are very aware of stress on a daily basis. The first Wednesday in November is designated as National Stress Awareness Day to allow for opportunities to open discussions and share information about stressors and triggers and how to minimize their impact. It is beneficial for everyone to learn more about stress as well as tips on how to deal with it.
Warnings Signs of Stress
At times, life is so hectic that we do not recognize the negative impact stress is having on our health. Stress can culminate in physical ailments such as:
- Change of appetite
- Weight loss/gain
- Lack of focus
Stressors and Triggers
One of the worst things people can do is “compare” their stress. What stresses one person may have no effect on another, and the degree or intensity of the situation that causes daily stress will differ. Some life issues that commonly cause people stress include (but are not limited to):
- Health issues
- Physical/mental abuse
- Work/school environments
- Financial worries
- Family concerns
Capitalizing on National Stress Awareness Day
Individually, you can use National Stress Awareness Day for self-reflection, and determine your stress level and changes that can be made. National Stress Awareness Day is also an excellent opportunity for worksites and schools to provide special programs.
Some ideas for things you can work on are:
- Coping Skills/Distraction Methods
- Deep breathing
- Relaxation techniques
- Walking/physical activity
- Improved and Balanced Diet
- Explore different ways of eating (low carb, paleo, Mediterranean, etc)
- Using a food journal
- Play with food apps
- Begin cooking and eating at home more
- Find new markets for fresh locally-grown fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat
- Stick to a Routine
- It’s basic, not boring
- Reduces chaos to avoid stress
- Provides structure
- Improves sense of accomplishment
Did you miss the first Wednesday this November? That’s OK! Choose a different day to take time to review what’s bothersome in your life or the lives of co-workers or students.
Help in Handling Stress
Sometimes the stressors are just too much to handle on your own. Working with a mental health professional is a sign of strength and can give you back your sense of control.
At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we have a number of treatment options to help you deal with what’s stressing you out. Contact us today for more information or to have a brief assessment to determine the best next steps.