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April is National Stress Awareness Month



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Life can quickly pass us by. Don’t spend your life stressed out and overwhelmed. Even in the midst of a pandemic, you can experience peace and find ways to destress. It will take intentionality and effort, but you can reduce stress at home and for free!


Let’s look at 8 tips on how to reduce stress. 


  • Learn how to relax. Maybe you have lived a stressful lifestyle for much too long and have forgotten how to relax. Don’t rob yourself of this needed self-care. Be good to yourself. You deserve it! Consider planting an herb garden, adding a bird feeder that will attract songbirds, listen to calming music, or try painting. 


  • Breathing exercises. Try quick breathing exercises to help ease stress in 10 minutes. Don’t forget children and teens experience stress too. Dr. Andrew Hall, who trained at Harvard, came up with the 4-7-8 breathing exercise that helps to quickly reduce tension. Why not sit down with your children and learn the method together with the help of this video


  • Write out your thoughts. There are many people who have found journaling their thoughts to be a powerful and effective way to release tension. Consider journaling one thing you are thankful for every day, or one thing that made you smile.  


  • Remove unnecessary to-do-list items. Sometimes stress can take over because the list of items on our To-Do List is overwhelming. It may be time to cancel or delete some of those tasks. Are they all really necessary? Can you ask someone to help you get a few things off your plate? Is there something on your list that is out of your control? Let it go.


  • Smile. It’s true. Smiling and laughing are proven to help reduce stress and lighten your mood. So why not watch a funny video, or listen to a comedian on a podcast while you go for a walk or wash the dishes? 


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  • Take a bath. There are a number of healing benefits in taking a warm bath with essential oils or Epsom salt. They can reduce inflammation and also help with sleep and digestion.


  • Drink Herbal Tea. If you haven’t tried Stress Ease Tea or Calming Tea you are missing out! Drinking one of these relaxing herbal teas while in a bath, will make you forget you are on lockdown and instead make you think you are away at a spa! 


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  • Virtual Mental Health Care. Impact members can see a mental healthcare professional through a teletherapy provider. If you are suffering from depression, stress, or just feeling defeated, don’t stay silent. Reach out to a friend or a professional. To learn more about virtual mental healthcare visit our website


Refresh and recharge.


Don’t ignore your body when it is urging you to pause. The world will not fall apart if you take 30 minutes to yourself every day. Maybe “chillaxing” with dark chocolate while breathing in fresh air is just what the doctor ordered to beat stress. 


“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles,

it takes away today’s peace.”  - Anonymous