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April marks the Stress Awareness Month

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Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for the modern day stress. Despite the 29 years of efforts, we still have a long way to go. Millions of people around the world experience high levels of stress at some time in their life, to the point where they feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with it.
Stress is one of the greatest public health problems of our time, even more now owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stress is still not taken as seriously as a physical health concern. Mental health issues, such as, anxiety and depression are significantly caused due to stress. It is moreover linked to physical health challenges like digestive issues, heart diseases, immune system problems, and insomnia. We as individuals need to understand the root causes of our stress and take the necessary actions to reduce it.

Coping With the Stress

Take breaks from reading, watching or listening to news all the time
With the third wave of Covid-19 spreading all around the world, it’s taking a toll on our mental health. Especially after spending a whole year with Covid related restrictions. It is good to be informed, but one should know the limit of news and information they are exposing themselves to, on a given day. Try disconnecting from the screen for a while; be it television, phone, or computer.
Take your unwinding time
Try assigning some time of your day to do an activity that you enjoy.
Connect with others
Though we have to maintain social distance and limit our exposure by staying at home, try meeting people virtually and share your feelings and concerns with them.
Take good care of your body
Staying at home has definitely reduced our physical activity, but you can do a number of activities at home to stay active;

  • Regularly meditate, take deep breath, or stretch.
  • Get the recommended hours of sleep.
  • Eat healthy and well-balanced food.
  • Avoid excessive sugar, alcohol, and tobacco.

How can you contribute to Stress Awareness Month?

  • Talk about stress, its effect, and the need to end stigma around it.
  • Share your coping strategies with your friends and the people around you.
  • Be nice to everyone you come across, be it on social media. Everyone around us is facing some level of stress.
  • Look after yourself, self-care is so crucial in these times and you have to take out some time from the day to relax or do something you enjoy.
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