National Stress Awareness Day- First Aid for Stress

National Stress Awareness Day is held annually on the first Wednesday of November. The day is meant to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life. it is celebrated to provide information on stress and simple strategies to overcome stress.

Defining Stress:

Stress is the body’s reaction when one has to meet excess demands or wants.
Stress may occur due to many different reasons. It is an unhealthy sign for the body. There are many reasons for stress in day-to-day life including workplace environment, being bullied, working too hard, mental tension, losing a job, or fear of losing a job, marriage or relationship issues, (sudden) death in the family, difficulties in school or other issues, etc.

Every human being is required to balance family, home, and health irrespective of the variable factors that might come into consideration. Parents, siblings, illness, vehicles, house, or civic responsibilities, (the list is long) may all impact our lives to different extents.

Aim of National Stress Awareness Day:

The aim of celebrating National Stress Awareness Day is to raise awareness about stress and its impact. This day includes various events, such as online seminars, summits, interactive chats, events based on social media hashtags, and various other events.

Manage your Stress in the Following Ways:

1. Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Nicotine:

Completely avoid or reduce your consumption of Nicotine and other drinks that contains caffeine and alcohol because they increase your stress levels rather than reducing it. Consume water, herbal teas, or diluted natural fruit juices to keep you hydrated. This will enable your body to cope better with stress.

2. Physical Activity:

Stressful conditions may increase stress hormones, therefore, experts recommend us to involve in physical exercise to metabolize the excess production of stress hormones thus restore your body and mind to a calmer and relaxed state. Try to incorporate into physical activity every day thus helping you have proper sleep.

3. Get Enough Sleep:

Lack of sleep can lead to stress. Unfortunately overthinking can lead to stress and thoughts will keep whirling through the head. Hence, stop doing any works that might cause stress and tell your mind to overcome the situation that might seem stressful.

4. Try Doing Relaxation Techniques:

Every day try doing a relaxation technique; do the things that keep you out of stress. Example: try self-hypnosis which is easy and you can perform it anywhere. And do not get worried if your cant relaxes immediately, self relaxing is a technique that you achieve with practice.

5. Talk to Friends:

Some people may feel relaxed when they talk to their loved ones, colleagues, friends or a trained professional, some people may feel relaxed if they share their problems, therefore, talk to your friends who support you and understands you the best.

6. Keep Stress Notes:

Make a note on the things or conditions that lead you to stress and try to avoid them in the future.

7. Manage your Time:

At times, we have many things to do simultaneously that makes us feel overburned. Agree that we are human and some times cant do all the things at a time, so start to prioritize your works, your tasks, and plans.

8. Learn to Say “No”:

Some people will take additional works under pressure as well in their less time, this is the reason where it leads them to pressure and tension. Learning to say no to the works that put you under pressure helps you to keep your stress levels down and also develops more self-confidence.

9. Take Rest:

If your body is not supporting you to do the things, it’s okay to take rest because it will help your body to recover faster.

We hope, all the above ways will help you to manage stress. Give your stress wings and let it fly away.

Written by MedPlus