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Stress and our health

April is stress awareness month. Do you know how stress affects your health? While stress is natural, long-term stress can lead to serious health problems. And studies have shown that women are more likely than men to experience symptoms of stress, including headaches and upset stomach. Lowering your stress levels is one of the best things you can do for your body and your spirit. You can take steps to help handle stress in a positive way.

  • Manage your stress: Learn what causes your stress and find ways to relieve it.
  • Take a deep breath: Practice deep breathing, starting with 5 minutes a day.
  • Stretch: Regular stretching promotes stability and balance while decreasing physical and mental stress.
  • Connect with others: Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you.
  • Take time for yourself: Find time every day to do whatever makes you happy. It could be listening to music, reading a good book, or going to a movie.
  • Exercise: Physical activity can relax your muscles and improve your mood.
  • Meditate: Studies show that meditation, a set time of stillness to focus the mind on a positive or neutral thought, can help lower stress.

When stress becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily living, it may be beneficial to speak with your doctor.

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