National Stress Awareness Month and Healthy Ways to Cope

On April 3, 2024
In Blog

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), taking steps to manage stress can greatly improve both your mental and physical health! Read on to learn about the negative impact of chronic stress on the mind and body, healthy ways to cope, and how to access care when it is needed.

The Negative Impact of Chronic Stress

The Mayo Clinic reports that “chronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body,” leading to digestive problems, headaches, muscle tension and pain, sleep issues, and weight gain, as well as problems with attention and memory. In addition, stress can worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression, and may even lead to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. While genetics and traumatic life experiences can affect how you respond to life’s pressures, it is important to learn how to react and manage stress in a healthy way to minimize the damage, and always seek help when it is needed. The Alliance for Health Equity provides educational materials, in both English and Spanish, for residents of the Greater Coatesville area of Pennsylvania, with information on where to get care, where to find a doctor or medical home, and where to find free or low-cost health insurance.

7 Ways to Manage Stress

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy ways to cope with stress include: 

  • Staying physically active
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Limiting alcohol, and avoiding smoking and the use of illegal drugs
  • Keeping up with healthcare appointments
  • Connecting with family, friends, and neighbors in the community
  • Carving out time to relax and unwind each day

Taking steps to identify what causes you stress can also help you avoid triggers in the first place!

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The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.