Stress can be defined as a physical response of the body to changes, during which chemicals are released into the blood. There are so many reasons people become stressed, such as issues with finances, relationships, or work, or a sudden traumatic event. Some stress, positive stress, is good, as it can push us forward. But negative stress—if it is extreme or constant—can do both physical and mental damage to the body. There are many warning signs and damaging effects of stress, such as anxiety, depression, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, an upset stomach, diarrhea and constipation, a weak immune system, back pain, a stiff neck and other tight muscles, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain or loss, expanded difficulties with relationships or at work, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.
National Stress Awareness Day takes place the day after taxes are due—a day on which there may be a lot of stress. The day also takes place during Stress Awareness Month. Since 1992, the year both the day and the month were created, they have been sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization. On National Stress Awareness Day, we focus on this leading health problem and raise awareness about the causes and cures of it. It is a day when people recognize their own stress, and figure out what steps they are going to take to overcome it.
If you are part of a health-related organization, you could sponsor a stress education program or event today. If you are observing the day, you could look for these types of programs and events.
The best way to observe the day is to recognize your own stress and figure out what steps you are going to take to overcome it.
• Figure out what things trigger your stress.
• Take control of your own body. For example, focus on taking control of your diet and exercise routine. Exercising can have a huge impact on helping you with stress. Something as simple as a power walk or jog can relax you and help you feel less stressed.
• Make some sort of change in your life. Shift something or do something differently. It doesn't matter if it is small or big. You could do something as small as cleaning your room, or you could do something big like taking a vacation. By shifting your thinking you will help combat your stress.
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