In case you didn’t know, April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is something that we may often ignore because we think it’s inevitable or unavoidable, especially in the PR and marketing industry, but it can have serious effects on your wellbeing.
There are thousands of tips for relieving your stress, but the problem is that many are incredibly unrealistic. The world we live in continues to get more and more fast-paced. And the truth is, on our busiest days – even though we should be taking breaks to avoid feeling overwhelmed – most people aren’t going to take the time to step away from an important project even if it is for their health.
And it’s probably no coincidence that April is also National Alcohol Awareness Month. Before you reach for that glass of wine or stop by your favorite happy hour to wash down the stress of the day, try considering some other options to relieve stress this month.
Luckily, technology has provided some more realistic and modern methods for stress reduction, and there are some amazing websites to help turn your mood around with just a few minutes. Here are 4 websites that are great for small stress-relieving breaks that you can take without even having to leave your desk.
4. The power of visuals.
Happy Someone is a great website because of the different options they offer. You can listen to their podcast, read inspiring quotes, and look at pictures that may help put a smile on your face.
3. Step back and look at the bigger picture.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of what your original goals were. Positively Positive is full of great reads posted by the community that may help you regain a positive perspective.
2. Just stop.
Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is a website that actually forces you to do just that. If you move your mouse or keyboard, your timer starts over.
1. When all else fails, puppies.
There are several cameras set up with live feeds of puppies. You’re welcome.
Awareness months like these are not just for fundraising or promoting a cause – they also present a great opportunity for brands. Although it can sometimes be considered controversial, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is probably one of the most well-known examples, with brands from every industry releasing “limited-edition” pink products. And on a smaller scale, simply producing branded content related to the topic or posting on social media using the cause’s hashtag can help brands show timeliness and increase reach. While national holidays can be a fun way to keep your brand on trend with the rest of the world, it’s especially important for health-related observances to be recognized respectfully.
How have your organizations or brands capitalized on awareness months or national holidays? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!