April Is Stress Awareness Month — Stay Active, Enjoy Life, Read a Book


In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and energy into something positive. – Lee Iacocca

Stress is on the increase, especially as we observe the one-year passing point of the pandemic. Stress can take its toll on us! April is Stress Awareness Month, and we need to be aware of how stress can affect our physical and mental health.¹

From chest pains to fatigue to sleep problems, dealing with stress can be a challenge. And as Mayoclinic.org² points out, when we recognize stress symptoms in ourselves, we must take steps to manage those symptoms.

Here are some of The Mayo Clinic’s suggestions:²

  • Get regular physical activity.
  • Keep a sense of humor.
  • Make time for things you enjoy such as reading a book or listening to music.

Whatever you do to manage stress, try to keep it active. As the Mayo Clinic also points out, “Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways to manage stress — such as watching television, surfing the internet, or playing video games — may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.”²

So, take the time to manage stress. Be active, take time to laugh, take care of yourself and your family and friends.

The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.


  1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987



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