Celebrate Stress Awareness Month

Make the Most of Stress Awareness Month in April

Because April is Stress Awareness Month, this month is the optimal time to learn more about stress management and create a life that includes less stress all year long. (If you have found this article during a month that is not April, you have my permission and encouragement to "pretend," and make the most of this month by learning about stress management anyway--your body will thank you for it!) Below you will find a collection of simple and effective tools for recognizing, minimizing, and managing stress in your life, starting today!


Learning to relax your body is a great foundation for a stress management program, and it's easier than you may think!. OJO Images/Getty Images

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and not all stress is necessarily bad for you. Some types of stress, for example, can actually be healthy and necessary. Other types may not be pleasant, but they don't do serious damage. some types of stress, however, can create havoc on your body, potentially affecting nearly every aspect of your health. Learn more about stress — the good, the bad, and the health-threatening — and how you can better manage it in your life.



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Stress can affect different people in unique ways. This is because our personality types can greatly affect what we do and do not experience as "stressful." These quizzes can help you to assess whether you are an optimist or pessimist, whether you have perfectionistic tendencies or are "Type A," and assess other areas of your personality that can affect your stress levels. You'll also find resources to let you know what you can do to manage stress in ways that work best for you.



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When your stress response is triggered, you respond to new stressors differently than you normally would. You may feel overwhelmed by what you are facing, and may handle situations in ways that create more stress! Learn how to quickly reverse your stress response so you can be operating from a place of strength and calm.



Meditation can help you to relax right now, but over time, it can help you to build resilience toward future stress!. abu/ Getty Images

Imagine if some of the things that cause you stress now could simply roll off your back instead? Fortunately, there are specific techniques you can do that will make this a reality. Certain habits, if practiced over time, can help you to become more resilient toward stress. These techniques can help you to relieve stress in the short term and feel less stressed by what you face in life in general. Try one — or several — and change the way you experience stress!



One of the most important takeaways from Stress Awareness Month is this: stress management works well over time. Strategies you practice today can help you to feel more relaxed and less stressed right now. However, practicing these techniques over time can give you added resilience toward future stress. Learning how you can change aspects of your life to minimize stress, or work with your personality style to find ways to better manage it, can also give you a leg up. That's why keeping stress awareness as a small but consistent part of your life is important. This site offers a wealth of information and resources on stress reduction, and reading everything you can to maximize your understanding of stress can work wonders in your life.