Managing stress can improve physical and mental health, check in with yourself often

April is National Stress Awareness Month, which brings attention to the negative impact of stress. 

Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Knowing how to manage your  stress can improve mental and physical well-being, as well as help alleviate health-related issues.

Stress takes a physical toll on the body. It causes fatigue, tension, nervousness, and loss of appetite. 

The key to keeping stress in check is resilience, which can be strengthened by improving self-esteem, developing a strong system of social support, and taking care of your physical and mental health.

Taking breaks throughout the day may help relieve stress, ease tensions, or lessen worry.

Promote and strengthen the emotional well-being and resilience of people disproportionately impacted by mental health challenges.

The counselors at 988, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, are available by phone call or text 24/7 and offer free and confidential emotional support to anyone who may be suicidal, experiencing a substance-related or mental health crisis, or be in emotional distress. 

Unchecked, loneliness impacts the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Sometimes you need someone to talk to for an outside perspective and to help build your confidence. It is ok to ask for help and finding someone to talk to can make a big difference in working through a problem or complex feelings. 

Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.

Try new recipes or old favorites that include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Drinking too much impacts your mind, body, and life. Limiting alcohol intake can help you feel better mentally and physically. 

Even though your feelings may be overwhelming at times, try to stay positive. Set goals for yourself so that you can feel productive and purposeful every day, and create longer-term goals so that you have a direction for your future.

This content is based on the National Institute of Health and ComPsych Guidance Resources. 

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