April is here and that means it’s officially Stress Awareness Month– when health and wellness professionals and gurus spend 30 days thinking and talking about stress and the way it affects us. Whether it results in a few extra pounds on the scale, a new zit, or more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression–stress impacts everyone. All month long, we’ll be bringing you tips and tricks to help you understand why you’re feeling stressed and what you can do about it. To begin, here are 5 things you need to know for Stress Awareness Month: Stress can affect every part of your body. You may think of stress as something that causes a breakout, a pounding in your chest, or a pit in your stomach. It can actually cause all three– and more. Stress can affect every part of your body– from headaches, to aching muscles, to stomach pain, to more serious health issues. It’s important to understand how stress affects you and what symptoms you’re most likely to experience when you’re stressed out. 2. Stress affects everyone! We’ll let you in on a little secret: everyone lives and deals with stress. So when you feel like you’re the only one freaking out at work, chances are: you’re not alone. Stress is a normal part of everyday life and as long as we know how to manage it, we’ll all be okay. 3. There are many ways to relieve stress– you have to find what works for you! Because stress affects literally everyone, it’s important to know what works for you when it comes to relieving it. We love massages and trips to the spa, as well as yoga and meditation. Some people love to exercise, write in a journal, take long baths… there are tons of ways to relieve stress and relax. Take your time and figure out what works best for you. 4. Not all stress is created equal. Stress is a normal part of life, but it’s important to recognize that not all stress is the same. Everyday stress that comes from work, school, and personal relationships, is totally normal and can often be managed with stress-relieving activities. Long-term stress or traumatic stress as the result of an event, can be more damaging to your health– if you’re experiencing symptoms of long-term or traumatic stress, ask for help from a health professional. 5. Stress can lead to serious health problems. Even though stress affects everybody, it can still lead to some pretty serious problems– long term stress can cause anxiety and depression. It can also impact your physical health with heart disease, high blood pressure, and other diseases and disorders. It’s important to monitor your body’s response to stress and get help if symptoms seem to worsen. We all live with stress and this Stress Awareness Month, we want to make sure that everyone knows how take care of themselves and when to ask for help! Let us know your favorite ways to relieve stress in the comments below. Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.