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April is Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month, held every April since 1992, is a time where health care professionals from across the country team up to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for the current stress epidemic. This year in particular, learning to cope with one’s stress can be crucial to finding happiness amidst these overwhelming times. Recommended by the CDC, here are some healthy ways that you can deal with stress:

Take care of your body. Eating healthy, exercising, meditating and getting plenty of sleep can all help reduce stress.

Make time to unwind. Try to take a break from the things that are causing your stress and instead do the activities that you enjoy.

Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling with a parent, friend, counselor, or doctor.

Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem like quick ways to help, but they can actually create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

Recognize when you need help. Everyone experiences stress in one way or another, there is nothing to be ashamed of when reaching out for additional resources.

For more information about Stress Awareness Month and how you can celebrate visit http://stressawarenessmonth.com

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