April is Stress Awareness Month

Kitterman Woods know we all have stress and different ways of dealing with stress.

Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease.

Taking even just 10 to 15 minutes per day to relax and take care of yourself each day can improve your ability to handle life’s stressors.

Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a walk around the lake
  • Read a book
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate or do yoga
  • Exercise in the fitness center
  • Take your dog to the dog park for some play time.

While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it. The ultimate reward for your efforts is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.

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