April 2015 - Stress Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month has been held
every April, since 1992.
Facts About Stress
- 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and
- Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin
conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the
- Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually in sick days and loss
- Children can also experience stress. Childhood stress can be caused by any situation that requires the
child to adapt or change i.e. death, divorce, new school, etc.
Common Signs and Symptoms
- Physical – aches, pains, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex
- Cognitive– memory problems, can’t concentrate, constant worrying
- Emotional – moodiness, feeling overwhelmed, depression
- Behavioral - eating more or less, sleeping more or less,
For more information on the signs and symptoms of
Six Simple Steps for Coping with Stress
1. Plan Ahead. Set aside specific days and times for specific tasks
2. Learn to Say No. Do not over commit yourself.
3. Get Back to Healthy Habits. You'll feel better and be more prepared to
handle problems or unexpected situations that may
4. Take a breather. Make time for yourself without distractions. (30
5. Make a budget. Get financially healthy; plan ahead
for new purchases
and paying off debt.
6. Prioritize. Remember what's most important. Faith, Family, Fun
For more tips on managing
Links to Learn More About Stress