[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7727″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Stress is unavoidable but shouldn’t be left unmanaged. Changing how you respond to stressful situations can help protect your health. Because we all react differently to stress, it’s best to personalize your management plan.

Start with these steps:

  • Identify the source of your stress. Is it something external (long commute, recent loss) or internal (illness, attitudes)? Is there a pattern to the things that upset you?
  • Review how you handle stress. Keep a stress journal: Note stressful events, how you felt, how you responded and what helped you feel better.
    • Reduce stress by following the 4 As:
      • Avoid stressors,
      • Alter situations,
      • Adapt to change and
      • Accept reality
  • Be honest. Do you aggravate the situation by procrastinating, distracting yourself instead of addressing problems, soothing yourself with food, alcohol or drugs, blaming others or denying that you are stressed?
  • Take care of health priorities. Do you get enough rest, nutritious food, exercise and social support? These are the foundations of a healthier, happier life.
  • Do something fun or relaxing every day. Even 5 to 10 minutes of deep breathing, stretching, playing with a pet, or enjoying nature can do wonders.

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Enjoy the recipe of the week:

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Healthy Breakfast Smoothie!

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Learn how the Apex Population Health team can help you create a culture of wellness at your organization.

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