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Happy National Stress Awareness Day!

This year, sit back and chill out on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 for National Stress Awareness Day.

young man meditating away stressWhy National Stress Awareness Day?

With April designated as National Stress Awareness Month, April 16 (the day after Tax Day) is a special day set aside for Americans to be aware of just how stressed they may have become!

Whether it's struggling to finish your taxes, dealing with a high-stress job, or juggling multiple tasks very day -- taking a breath every once in a while is the best thing you can do for your overall health, say experts.

How does stress play a harmful part in our daily lives? It's often felt in a tightening of the muscles, increased blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, and dry mouth.

In fact, studies show that severe stress has a direct correlation with heart disease, depression, and a general lowering of the immune system which, in turn, opens the body up to many other diseases.

The simple cure? Chill out! And don't let everyday stressors get to you. For some, it only takes a timely reminder to breath -- have a laugh, and relax.

For others it requires a daily affirmation that stress won't get the better of them! Sure, stress will always be a part of our lives, so it's even more important to keep in mind the various ways to cope. And what better way to start de-stressing than on National Stress Awareness Day?

De-stress -- How to celebrate Stress Awareness Day

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Treat yourself. While junk food isn't often recommended as the antidote for anxiety, there are a handful of immune-boosting desserts made with fresh blueberries, strawberries, honey, and whole grains that make for a wonderful daily indulgence. Even chocolate has its health benefits when consumed in moderation.

Exercise. A good jog around the neighborhood or a workout session at the gym will get those "feel good" chemicals called endorphins pumping in your brain that lend a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Meditate. Simply taking time to collect your thoughts will often lead to increased energy and stamina to get you through a hectic, stressful day.

Get enough rest. Feeling like you're ready to take on the world after a long, restful sleep? You're not far off. Cells are regenerated and harmful invaders (like cancer cells) are destroyed while we sleep and leaves us feeling thoroughly de-stressed and rejuvenated.

Pet your dog. Or it may be a cat, a parakeet -- or any other pet. Science shows that the unconditional love that pets freely give helps us to de-stress, and has powerful effects on lowering our blood pressure.

Above all, be aware of the people or events that habitually cause stress in your daily life. Just knowing the usual triggers may go a long way in helping to avoid them -- so you can lead a more fulfilling, happier, and healthier life.

As the old, wise man once said... "Don't sweat the small stuff, and remember that it's all small stuff."

Enjoy the day!

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More about Stress Awareness Day around the Web:


10 Ways to Celebrate Stress Awareness Day
- Check out this guide offering instructions for reducing stress at home and at work, with related resources.

10 Tips to Help You Destress - Check out the top ways to stay happier and healthier, with what else to avoid to stay calm and relaxed.

International Stress Awareness Day - Across the pond, the day is observed in November with a theme that changes each year, sponsored by the International Stress Management Association.

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