April Showers Us with Stress

Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month? I was stressed out this month not realizing I was in sync all along – kidding! Actually, I’ve taken extra care the past few weeks to make sure I’ve had enough rest. Maybe you think there’s no time to sleep or relax, when it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

If you are like many people, you don’t have a problem identifying when you’re stressed out because unfortunately, it tends to be a constant state. Coffee and energy drinks may keep you powered up, but you are medicating yourself with stimulants. These drinks cover your true state – exhaustion! Other signs of stress include achy muscles, headache, racing thoughts, depression, inability to focus, anxiety, inappropriate emotional responses, and problems making decisions, to name a few.

Stress can exacerbate medical conditions that could land you in the hospital or worse! For one thing, stress causes blood vessels to constrict. The antidote is physical activity, which also helps lift depression. A good massage is also a pleasant way to loosen up while promoting good circulation. Blood flow to the body and brain will help you function better on all levels.

Getting enough sleep should be a high priority. A good night’s rest will make you a more effective worker when you’re on the job. You’ll think more clearly, be less irritable, and physically more comfortable. I recommend both meditation and power naps. These time-outs are quick and refreshing, and in the long-term, help you manage stress better on a day-to-day basis.

Having a good support system is crucial during times of stress. Considering the heartbreaking national news we had in April, it really was a more stressful month than it might have been. Talking to loved ones about personal problems and important issues of the day gets emotions out and allows you to let go of tension.

Your attitude and emotional state have a great deal to do with how you process stress. For those of you who feel you take things too seriously or can’t seem to let go, ask yourself which changes make the most sense to incorporate into your lifestyle. Those who integrate the practice of gratitude report feeling happier. Try it! You can’t always change outcomes, but you can change how you perceive your problems, and that may be the key to winning your battle with stress.

Author/speaker Janet F. Williams is a sales trainer and coach for personal and professional development. Her award-winning book “You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get” helps readers ask for what they want and increase their chances of getting it. Contact Janet: info@GoodDayMedia.com.

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