STRESS: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
April is Stress Awareness Month and has been held in April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
“I’m feeling stressed”. The term stress has become a phrase many of us openly relate to and use in our modern vocabulary when we talk about our emotional wellbeing.
Stress is something that many of us experience, which in turn feeds into mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Stress can have a detrimental impact on our physical health, including problems like heart disease, our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.
Now more than ever, with COVID-19 running rampant, stress levels running high for many people. First Responders though have a heightened level of stress due to exposure risks when responding to emergency calls. Right now, it's critical for first responders to practice stress relief techniques to prevent the fall-out that could occur due to high levels of chronic stress.
Tips for coping with Stress:
We can combat the affects of stress, whether it’s through talking with peers, seeking out professional help, or taking up a physical activity:
Talk and listen to friends, family and colleagues.
Be nice to those around you who are feeling stressed and anxious
Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self-care.
Discover a way to relax and do something that you enjoy.
Exercise! Whether you cycle, run, swim, join a yoga class, the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. Did you know activities — such as walking or jogging — that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stress relieving?
Remember, take good care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially as we navigate through these days and weeks ahead. It's crucial to take care of you so that you can continue to take care of others.
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