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Stress Awareness Month

Take a break and make Stress Awareness Month count - practice self-care, take time for yourself, and find healthier ways to manage stress!
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April 1
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April 1 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month, an annual event dedicated to recognizing and reducing stress in our lives. It's a time to take a step back and assess how we can better manage the pressures of everyday life. Stress has been around since ancient times, but it has become increasingly prevalent in modern society as we strive to keep up with the demands of work, family, and other commitments. But this month is all about finding ways to reduce stress and promote healthy living so that we can enjoy our lives to the fullest!

History of Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month Dates

Stress Awareness Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1936</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Definition of Stress</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, defined stress for the first time, began studying its effects on the human body.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1983</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Stress Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Health Resource Network launched National Stress Awareness Day, to increase public awareness of stress and strategies to manage it.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>April is Stress Awareness Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Stress Awareness Month was extended for the entire month of April for the first time in order to expand its reach and impact.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Workplace Stress Increase</div><div class='timeline-text'>Studies conducted during the early part of the 21st century began showing an alarming rise in workplace stress, strengthening the relevance of Stress Awareness Month.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Age Stress</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the onset of technology addiction, cyberbullying, and social media-related stress, Stress Awareness Month takes on a new significance in advising on digital age stress management.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic-related Stress</div><div class='timeline-text'>Stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of Stress Awareness Month, as people everywhere cope with an unprecedented global crisis.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Stress Awareness Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a break</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time out of your busy schedule and plan a day off for yourself.  Whether it’s an hour-long walk, a yoga class, or just sitting on the couch watching movies, taking a break can help reduce stress levels.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Meditate</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Meditation can be a great way to relax and reduce stress.  Taking five minutes each day to sit quietly and focus on your breathing can help clear your mind and refresh your body.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Exercise</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make an effort to fit in some exercise into your daily routine.  Exercise helps to reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins, which can improve your mood.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat healthy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Eating healthy can help reduce stress levels by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to stay energized and focused throughout the day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Get organized</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to get organized and create a plan for how you will manage your tasks and responsibilities. Having a plan can help you stay focused and on track, reducing stress levels.</p></div></div>

Why Stress Awareness Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Stress can be detrimental to physical health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Chronic stress can lead to a host of physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and stomach issues. It can also increase the risk of serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Awareness of these dangers is essential for improving long-term health outcomes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Managing stress is key to mental well-being</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Stress can negatively impact mental health by causing anxiety, depression, and even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recognizing the signs of stress in yourself and others is an important step towards managing it more effectively which can improve overall psychological well-being.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Stress has many causes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There are numerous factors that can contribute to feeling stressed, from work demands and family obligations to financial worries and health issues. Understanding how stress affects us differently helps us create tailored strategies for reducing its harmful effects in our lives.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for Stress Awareness Month

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Eight out of Ten Americans affirm high stress levels</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to a survey by the American Institute of Stress, nearly 80% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Stress can affect your brain size, structure, and function</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research has shown that high levels of stress can cause changes to the brain, which can affect memory and learning.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The body does not distinguish between physical and mental threats</h3><p class='facts-content'>When you’re stressed over a busy schedule, an argument, or a mountain of bills, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>One-third of people never talk to their doctor about stress</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite the significant impact on health, a third of patients don't mention stress during check-ups due to feeling there's not enough time or assuming it's not important enough to bring up.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Stress has a significant impact on productivity and economy</h3><p class='facts-content'>Workplace stress causes approximately one million US employees to miss work each day, adding up to a large economic impact due to lost productivity.</p></div></div>

Stress Awareness Month FAQs

When is Stress Awareness Month?

Stress Awareness Month is celebrated on April 1st every year. In 2024, the first of April falls on a Monday.

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