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How To Reduce Stress

How To Reduce Stress


In today’s fast-paced, deadline-oriented world, it seems like stress is inevitable. The long-term effects of stress on your brain, heart and overall wellness should be taken seriously. April is National Stress Awareness Month, and we want to spread awareness about the effects of stress as well as provide you with some practical and effective ways to reduce it.

Why Is Stress Bad For You?

Stress can have negative impacts on you both physically and mentally. Here are some examples:

  • Increased depression
  • Risk of heart attack
  • Fertility problems
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure


How Can You Reduce Stress?

The list of negative impacts doesn’t have to apply to you if you implement some of these simple steps towards reducing stress.


  1. Get Enough Sleep

Stress is significantly increased when there’s a lack of sleep. Try to get a sleep schedule in place by going to bed and waking up around the same time each night and morning. Give yourself time to relax and unload before bedtime so falling asleep doesn’t take as long.

  1. Stay Active

Not only does physical activity improve your quality of sleep, but it also metabolizes the excessive stress hormones in your body. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, a quick walk in the fresh air can help reduce the stress.

  1. Reduce Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol Intake

It’s not necessary to completely cut these things out of your life to alleviate stress, but reducing them can definitely help. Caffeine and nicotine will likely increase your level of stress, so avoiding them as much as possible is ideal.

  1. Time Management

A common cause of stress stems from a long to-do list and not enough time to do it all. Organize your time by using a planner or calendar which will help your mind feel more at ease. Also, remember it’s okay to say “no” to taking on additional responsibilities.

  1. Reach Out For Help

There are so many resources out there that can help with stress management. Whether it be a professional or just a good friend, having someone to talk through things with clears your mind and their advice might help reduce stress, too.


As time goes on and the to-do list grows, stress can feel like a constant cloud hanging over your head. Brighten up your day by trying out some of these helpful tips. Reducing your stress levels will have a positive and lasting effect on both your present and future wellness. Be sure to contact us with any questions!