• Kajal C Malkan MPAS PA-C

April is Stress Management Month

Turning your Stress-MESS into Stress-LESS

What is Stress?

Stress is the body's reaction to a pressure from a certain situation or event

Not all stress is bad stress. Sometimes stress that occurs over a short course of time can be beneficial. It can spur you into action, motivate and energize you.

Stress that occurs over longer periods of time cause damaging effects on your physical, mental, and emotional health if left unmanaged. Examples of areas that are affected include brain, heart, skin, immune system, intestines, joints/muscles.

Chronic Effects of Stress

Tips to Manage Stress

Can't avoid stress but you can definitely work on it not becoming overwhelming

  • Exercise - even a short walk can boost your mood

  • At the end of the day, focus on accomplishments, not on what did not get done

  • Set daily and weekly goals. Focusing on the now gives you the control of the moment

Tips to Prevent Stress

Practicing these daily strategies can help minimize effects of stress

  • Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, tai-chi are very beneficial

  • Eating right, exercising, and good sleep can help.

  • Take out time for yourself, even if it is only 30 minutes a day

  • Stay connected with family and friends that keep you calm and provide support

Stress does not have impact you negatively if you learn to manage it. Managing it can help you lead a balanced, healthier life.

This month we will focus on Stress and ways that you manage it

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