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Flourish: April is Stress Awareness Month

4/19/2023

Knowing how to manage stress is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Reducing stress can improve physical and mental well-being.

April is Stress Awareness Month

Risks associated with stress

  • Heart disease: Stress can increase heart rate and blood flow, causing cholesterol to be released in the bloodstream. 
  • Depression: Chronic stress can be linked to depression and anxiety. In a survey done by WebMD, 80% of people with stress-related jobs were at risk of developing depression.
  • Obesity: When people are stressed, they look for "comfort food." These foods are usually high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain.
  • Diabetes: Stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive eating and drinking. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.

5 tips for managing stress

from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

  1. Take care of yourself: Practice eating healthy, getting exercise and plenty of sleep, and taking breaks.
  2. Take care of your body: Try stress-reducing exercises such as stretching, meditating or doing yoga.
  3. Talk to others: Share your problems with trusted friends and family. Consider joining our Social Connect class, focusing on managing and reducing stress.
  4. Take a break from the news: Stories on the news can be upsetting to hear or see. Take breaks from this and do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible.
  5. Seek help when needed: Juniper offers many classes on living well. Check out these classes or call us at 1-855-215-2174.

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