The month of April was first declared as the Stress Awareness Month in 1992? It was during the late eighties that health care professionals and research scientists started getting worried about the increasing number of life threatening diseases that were resulting from chronic everyday stress and from working under very high pressure and short deadlines. So, The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, decided to bring more attention to stress awareness. They made it a goal to inform people about how damaging stress can be and how to cope effectively by adopting productive coping strategies in their daily life.
Stress Awareness month is a nation- wide attempt to help people understand the correlation between chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and migraine/tension headaches (to name a few) and the stress epidemic. I am a firm believer that adopting a three day weekend would significantly reduce stress levels but, I digress (although, I could probably writer a whole book on that *wink*).
Here a few common misconceptions and maladaptive thoughts (remember my previous blog on anxiety?) that I have found tend to increase stress. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Be sure to comment below!
I’m a perfect person only if I’m always on my toes.
I should go to the edge of the world to make everyone happy.
It is my responsibility to take care of everyone.
I have to be doing at least three things at once.
The only way it’s going to be done correctly is if I do it myself.
I can afford to ignore my exercising, meditation and other self-care regimens since I’m feeling good and functioning well at the moment.
I’m used to this lifestyle. I have always found that I function better when I’m under stress.