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 complaints.
  • 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 workplace.
  • Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually in sick days and loss productivity.
  • 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 drive
  • Cognitive– memory problems, can’t concentrate, constant worrying
  • Emotional – moodiness, feeling overwhelmed, depression
  • Behavioral - eating more or less, sleeping more or less, procrastinations

 For more information on the signs and symptoms of stress 

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 arise..

    4.  Take a breather. Make time for yourself without distractions. (30 minutes)

    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 stress

Links to Learn More About Stress

Books available at the following stores: 


Solomons Books and Church Supplies

529 8th Avenue North

Birmingham, AL 35204


Little Professor Book Center

2717 South 18th Street

Homewood, AL 35209

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