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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

No Joke: It's Stress Awareness Month!

By April 1, 2011

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I'm a big fan of April Fool's Day (if it's celebrated with harmless silliness) because celebrating playfulness and maintaining a sense of humor are both ways to relieve stress and begin observing Stress Awareness Month, one of my favorite months! This year, whether or not you've celebrated with me before, I'd like to encourage you to observe both the day and the month, for perhaps obvious reasons:
  1. Your Health: Because stress can affect your health in many ways, stress management is great for your health and longevity. So is laughter. (Read this for more research on laughter.) If you commit yourself to stress management this month (or even commit yourself to maintaining a sense of humor for this one day), you'll be doing something to lead to a healthier lifestyle.

  2. Your Happiness: Finding the fun in a given situation is an easy path to greater happiness. Start today by looking at the funny side of various situations. Start this month by managing stress and bringing your level of overall happiness up. Do it for yourself.

  3. Do It For The Children: Okay, it is a bit if a heartstring-pulling reason for stress management, but managing stress in your own life is a way to help your children learn stress management as well. You can do this by setting a good example of stress management, and by helping children manage their own stress by actively helping them learn stress relief techniques like deep breathing for kids. There's no time like the present.

So how can you celebrate April Fool's Day in a way that relieves stress? Rather than pranking people in mean ways, just work on finding the humor in various situations you face today--it'll make you and yours feel good all day. (See this article on maintaining a sense of humor for tips.)

And how can you observe Stress Awareness Month? I'll have extra resources for you all month long, but the following are a great place to start:

What might you do today to relieve stress or smile a little bit more? What might you do this month? Share your ideas in the comments, or share this post with the 'share' button below, and Happy Stress Awareness Month!

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April 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(1) Sam says:

I’m going to smile more today. That makes other people smile more, which surrounds me with more smiles.

April 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(2) Elle says:

I’m going to work on mindfulness this month. I’ve been meaning to practice mindfulness meditation more, and this is going to be my month for that, starting today!

April 13, 2010 at 3:34 am
(3) Stressless06 says:

Well… I didn’t know that there is such thing as Stress Awareness Month! I didn’t know about it, i think i have to look forward for Next year’s Stress Awareness Month, so that i can prepare something good for it!

July 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(4) Dale Lestor says:

Well, I was also unaware of Stress Awareness Month… but that is a wonderful idea:) Your article did wonders for ‘turning my head’, something as simple as laughing and looking for things to be happy about… has to be one of top stress management tips to take to heart.

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