As we kick off another month of 2015 (and spring!), I encourage you to take some time to think about the different methods that help you cope with stress. April is National Stress Awareness Month, and as humans, we are constantly faced with busy schedules and tight deadlines, all of which can leave us feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed.
Every day, we encounter stressful events or situations, ranging from personal financial issues to work-related stressors – and we’re finding ourselves in these types of situations more and more. According to the American Institute of Stress, nearly 44% of Americans feel more stress than they did five years ago.
The American Institute of Stress lists four levels of stress including acute stress, the fight or flight response; chronic stress, one’s cost of living and daily routines; eustress, daily life stress that has positive connotations; and distress, one’s job security, financial problems and health problems.
Stress affects all of us indifferent ways, whether that’s lack of sleep, overeating or various health conditions, which is why it’s important for us as individuals to learn the best way to manage our stress. For me, a quick run, or practicing yoga, are good stress relievers that don’t take too much time out my week.
- Participate in a yoga session: Yoga may seem intimidating at first, but Psychology Today explains that staying calm in the midst of all of the twists and difficult poses actually relieves stress. At PadillaCRT, we offer weekly yoga sessions on Thursday evenings, which is taught by two yoga-certified colleagues.
- Exercise: With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to grab your sneakers or your bike and get outside after work. Whether you’re running, swimming or biking, the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Exercise is a great way to better your psychical and mental health at the same time.
- Go for a walk: Getting outside for a walk is a great opportunity to step away from your desk and enjoy some fresh air and sunlight. At PadillaCRT we do Walking Wednesdays, an incentivized challenge that encourages employees to get moving in exchange for healthy-lifestyle-related prizes.
There are many other ways to relieve your stress such as writing, meditation or simply taking a few deep, calming breaths, if you’re crunched on time. Each person is affected by stress in a one way or another, so take time to learn the methods that work best for your mind and body this month – you’ll be happy you did.
How do you de-stress? Share in the comments below – we’d love to hear your suggestions!