April is National Stress Awareness Month, a multi-state cooperative effort to inform Americans about the negative effects of stress and teach successful coping strategies. It’s a great time to learn just how every day stress can affect your health, work and relationships.
According to the American Institute of Stress:
- 44% of Americans feel more stressed on a regular basis today than they did five years ago.
- 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related health issues.
- Stress boosts your risk heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25% and stroke by 50%
- Stress is the basic underlying cause of 60% of all human illnesses and disease.
- Work stress alone causes 10% of strokes.
- Nearly two-thirds of couples in committed relationships reported that stress forces regular arguments and more 1 out of 4 said they argue more often than not.
This month, commit to protecting your health, career and relationships. Project SOS offers five simple tips to help you get started:
1. Pick your battles
Conflict arises from time to time in every marriage. But is every disagreement really worth fighting over? Learn to pick your battles and know when to let things go.
2. Get healthy.
Exercise helps to boost your body’s levels of serotonin and dopamine, cerebral chemicals that lend a relaxed and happy feeling. And working out together can help keep you both on a healthy track. Also, make sure to get adequate sleep.
3. Tidy up.
In one recent poll, over a third of respondents said they often delay going home after work because of the overwhelming mess that awaits them. A clean, clutter-free home helps to assure your home is a comfortable and welcoming place for both of you.
4. Mind the finances.
Money is without a doubt the top source of stress in marriages. Be honest and realistic with your finances. Set a budget together to assure your bills are covered and that there is money left for the little pleasures in life, such as…
5. Romance each other.
Set and keep a regular date night and work to keep the romantic sparks flying in the bedroom.
For more tips and guidance on handling stress in your relationships, sign up for the next Project SOS Why Knot workshop. Call 904-296-9950 to learn more.