April 15, 2016

Stress Awareness Day: April 16th


Stress is defined as the pressure felt when demands exceed your resources.

So why is there a Stress Awareness Day anyway?  Most of us know that stress is pretty uncomfortable.  But stress also causes many other problems, such as headaches, fatigue, anxiety or irritability.

This is what our bodies go through when we feel ongoing stress:

  • We’re naturally equipped to deal with a perceived threat by either running or fighting – and our body prepares to do this, even if the threat is a large workload instead of a large animal.
  • Adrenaline is released and increases heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Cortisol (our main stress hormone) increases availability of energy resources in your body and suppresses body functions that are not essential when struggling for survival  .
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What can you do about this?  If you’re thinking the DAHLC has some resources to help manage and decrease your stressors, you’re right! Here are just a few examples for you:

  1. Silent Meditation - find your moment of stillness and slow down
  2. Laughter Yoga –learn how to enjoy the benefits of laughter
  3. Stress Management & Resilience Training Program (SMART) – increase your resilience and happiness
  4. Achieve Results – learn new tools to help you meet your goals
  5. Relaxation services such as hydro massage, massage therapy, acupressure and Reiki

So, carve out a little time for yourself and take control of any symptoms of on-going stress in your life.  We can't always change what's going on around us, but we can change our reaction!

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