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April is National Public Health and Stress Awareness Month
Stress is a normal emotional response to the demands of life. Everyone experiences it, and the results range in intensity from being in a bad mood to more complicated illnesses. Learning to manage stress can help you live a healthier and longer life. Consider approaching stress reduction from a physical, mental, and social standpoint. Here are a few ideas:
• Get regular exercise. You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise and pay for an expensive membership. Take steps to incorporate exercise into your daily life. This might include parking farther away from the door when shopping, going for a walk or bike ride, or even getting up during commercials when watching television.
• Improve your diet. Stress and diet are closely linked. When we are stressed, we tend to reach for the foods that are bad for us.
• Keep a positive outlook. Identify things that are going well or that went well.
• Leave work at work. This may be easier said than done, but consider the benefits. Many times bringing work home is a sure way to stress out both ourselves and our families.
• Put effort into creating a support network. It can be very helpful to spend times with friends and family who are supportive.
• Stress is a natural part of life, but there are ways to deal with it in healthy ways. Make a plan to reduce the stress in your life and… take time to unwind!
LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICES CT
ANSONIA – CT Mental Health Center (203) 974-7735; (203) 974-7713/7714 (9am-7pm) or (203) 974-7300 (7pm-9am), Birmingham Group Health Services (203) 736-2601
BEACON FALLS – Western CT Mental Health Network (Toll free) 1-866-794-0021
DERBY– Birmingham Group Health Services (203) 736-2601
NAUGATUCK – Western CT Mental Health Network (Toll free) 1-866-794-0021
SEYMOUR – Birmingham Group Health Services (203) 736-2601
SHELTON – Birmingham Group Health Services (203) 736-2601