Sponsored by The Health Resource Network, April marks Stress Awareness Month. Throughout this 30-day period, health care professionals, health promotion experts and citizens across the country will come together to increase public awareness about stress – including the root causes and techniques people can use to keep their stress levels in check.
It comes at a good time too, as stress remains an ongoing issue for people in this country. As noted in the 2015 American Psychological Association study, more than one-third of adults (34 percent) report that their stress had increased over the previous year. Overall, adults reported that stress had a negative impact on both their mental and physical health.
In conjunction with Stress Awareness month, here’s a few tips to help lower your stress and keep it under control.
- Work out – Getting exercise can help you relieve stress and you don’t have to be a gym rat to get the benefits. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as a brisk walk, and do strengthening exercises at least twice per week.
- Listen to music – Listening to music can help decrease our level of stress hormone. Next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to music that relaxes you and puts you in a better mood.
- Be Mindful – Findings from a 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine study suggest that mindfulness meditation can help improve psychological stress problems like depression and anxiety. It’s simple too, a typical mindfulness exercise involves sitting in a quiet place and focusing on your breathing to keep your thoughts centered on the present moment.
- Get those Z’s – It’s not always easy to sleep when you’re stressed out, but getting rest can help improve your anxiety. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night, so try to make it a priority by getting to bed early and practicing good sleep hygiene. The Nation Sleep Foundation suggests shutting off your gadgets at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Talk it Out – When it comes to managing stress, you don’t have to do it all on your own. If you find yourself overwhelmed with stress, don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend or a family member to talk about it. Additionally, a licensed therapist can be a helpful resource to help you identify your stress triggers and chart a path to improvement.
In addition to taking these steps to help lower and better manage your stress, you may be taking prescription medications that are directly or indirectly related to stress. Don’t let the price of prescriptions associated with phycological stress factors or physical stress symptoms become an added stress factor – there are a variety of resources you can use to save money on prescription medications.
By participating in prescription discount programs like Community Cares Rx, you’ll have free unlimited access to resources that may help you save money. Online tools allow program participants to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability, providing an extra layer of support and convenience in the pharmacy shopping experience.
To learn more about consumer prescription savings programs that deliver real results for pharmacies and the community at large, please visit www.paramountrx.com.