April is National Stress Awareness Month. According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies release a burst of hormones when they perceive the threat of stress. It’s sometimes referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response. It’s not a bad thing, but too much stress on a constant basis can negatively impact our health, relationships and overall quality of life. So what can we do about it?
To start, measure your stress level now. The Mayo Clinic has a great assessment tool to rate your stress level and understand the affect stress is having in your life. Then see what works for you. There are lots of resources with good information on stress management and relief. Your PatientsLikeMe communities are talking about their stressors in the forums. See what causes stress for others like you, and what they do to relieve it. Cheers, to a stress-free April everyone!