While some degree of stress can encourage us to give our needed attention to something or to stay motivated on completing a task, there are adverse effects when stress hormones are produced in high levels or for prolonged periods. Whether stemming from work, family, finances, health concerns, life changes/experiences, relationships, or otherwise, we all feel stress from time to time. Reducing and managing stress is key, and as April is Stress Awareness Month we are reminded of the importance in doing so. Stress impacts both mind and body, and chronic stress can lead to physical ailments. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is made in the adrenal glands and becomes elevated during moments of anxiety or stress. Individuals whose cortisol levels remain elevated for long durations or who experience rises in cortisol levels on a routine basis may endure cardiovascular issues, muscle pain, tension headaches, migraines, mood disorders, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, sleep disturbances and more.
Here at Aqua Home Care, we understand that life changes can induce varying degrees of stress. For those requiring in-home care, we make it our mission to match individuals with compassionate providers who offer services that promote client wellbeing, and sometimes simply having a trusted source of support nearby can offer peace of mind. Reducing and managing stress is imperative, and implementing strategies into daily living can have positive effects. Some ways to reduce stress and maintain a more calm state include:
- Regular physical exercise
- Healthy socialization
- Adequate sleep each night
- Breathing exercises
- Proper nutrition
- Getting enough sunlight
Stress causes wear and tear on the body and can wreak havoc on the nervous system, greatly depleting proper functioning. Physical, mental and emotional impacts can occur when stress becomes chronic. Implementing stress-reducing techniques and seeking professional support are recommended to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. Caregivers providing assistance with activities of daily living can also assist their clients with getting outdoors, meal preparation for routine nutrition, mobility support for movement, companionship for healthy socialization, transportation to appointments and more. This April and beyond, our Aqua Home Care team encourages all to remain mindful of daily stressors, to take care, and to seek care whenever needed.