First Community Financial Group, Inc. Blog
Believe it or not, the average stress level of Americans has dropped since 2007, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
But we here at First Community Financial Group understand if you don’t exactly feel that way. 2020, 2021, 2022 have taught us that stress can come at us from any direction.
Even though things have improved, the APA’s most recent Stress in America™ survey indicates that Americans are still living with stress levels higher than what’s considered healthy. And nearly one-quarter of respondents say they aren’t doing enough to manage it.
It’s a good thing, then, that Stress Awareness Month is here. Held every April since 1992 and sponsored by the nonprofit Health Resource Network, Stress Awareness Month is a “national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.”
Stress management doesn’t just help you feel calmer and more focused. It’s important to your overall health. Constant exposure to stress can trigger your brain’s alarm system to remain in alert mode, flooding your system with the hormones you need to take flight or fight when facing danger, according to the Mayo Clinic. This causes more stress in and of itself. And all that stress can cause problems with your health, your relationships and your overall quality of life.
So, reducing your stress is well worth your while, and, if you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. These tips from the Mayo Clinic and WebMD will get you headed in the right direction:
April in Texas is a great time to try to reduce stress and live a healthier life. So, what are you waiting for? Take a few more walks, read a good book, pick up a new hobby. At the end of the month, see how you feel. Keep doing the things that worked for you; stop doing the things that didn’t.
Remember, when you make stress management a bigger part of your life, you leave less room for the stress itself.