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Stress-Reducing Tips to Try During Mental Illness Awareness Week

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Man with hands over his face. Behind him, it appears the sun is setting behind trees Photo by Francisco Moreno on Unsplash.We are living in stress-inducing times, and that can take a toll on our physical and mental health. During Mental Illness Awareness Week, practice healthy ways to get relief from feeing overwhelmed or burned out. Self-care can give you the much-needed break you need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips for de-stressing:

  • Eat healthy meals
  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule; sleep deprivation can cause sleep mental health problems
  • Talk about concerns with family and friends, or seek counseling
  • Take breaks during the day
  • Avoid stress triggers
  • Don’t turn to alcohol or drugs to relax
  • Try meditation or yoga

At any given moment, an individual can be dealing with routine stress from the demands of life, changes in circumstance, such as losing a job, or traumatic stress in which lives are at stake or lost.While not all stress is bad — it can help us act decisively in the face of danger, for example — the chronic kind can take a toll.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it can:

  • Cause headaches
  • Lead to digestion problems
  • Disrupt sleep
  • Affect the immune system
  • Alter mood, leading to anger or sadness

Unchecked, chronic stress can contribute to:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

If you or someone you know struggles with mental illness, contact NewBridge Services at (973) 316-9333 or services@newbridge.org.

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