The first Wednesday in November is observed as National Stress Awareness Day. This year is November 6. A day to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life. It was established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to provide information on stress and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals. To help employers establish a program within their organization, and for individuals by looking after their health and wellness on a daily basis.
Stress can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system.
Today is an opportunity to start looking after yourself and your life, and to break down the individual stressors in your life. Find your stressors and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to mitigate them.
Your stressors could be related to:
Conflicts with co-workers
Trying to balance family, home and health – married or not
Maintenance of vehicles
Celebrate National Stress Awareness Day by removing some stressors from your life for the day.
Here are a few ways to relax and recharge. If none of these work for you, find your own way to relax and relieve the stress.
- Exercise – go for a walk, play a sport
- Do some deep breathing – be aware of your breath – focus on breathing more slowy and deeply
- Take a bath – a long relaxing one
- Light a candle – lavender, rose vetiver, bergamot, Roman chamomile, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, ylang ylang, orange or orange blossom, geranium. Using scents to treat your mood is called aromatherapy.
- Read a book
- Have a cup of tea
- Spend time with a friend or loved one, family or pets
- Do yoga or take a class
- Stress toys – soft squeezable toys in various shapes and colors
- Practice mindfulness
- Consider supplements – lemon balm, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, etc.
- Reduce your caffeine intake
- Write it down – either what stresses you or what you are grateful for.
- Chew gum
- Laugh – relieves tension by relaxing your muscles
- Learn to say no
- Learn to avoid procrastination
- Cuddle – positive physical contact can help release oxytocin and lower blood pressure
- Listen to soothing music – slow paced instrumental, classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian or nature sounds.
You can’t avoid stress but you can change how you respond to it. The reward is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.