APN Physical Therapy - April 2020

APRIL 2020



Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. A 2019 Gallup poll found that 55% of Americans feel stressed every day. That’s 20% higher than the global average! April is Stress Awareness Month, and we’re sharing our favorite stress management strategies. “There’s a lot to do during the day, so you have to make your own downtime. My family wakes up at 6 a.m. to start the day, which is why I’ve developed the habit of waking up around 5 a.m. By waking up early, I get to start my day slowly and relax with a quiet cup of coffee. This helps me start each day on the right foot. I’ve also started to take walks in the morning and get a little exercise at the beginning of each day. “On top of that, I like to read. Getting into a good book before bed is a great way to unwind after a stressful day. My mind is able to focus on something besides the stress, and I sleep a lot better.” “I’m not good at taking time for myself, and I know that has contributed to a lot of my stress. I’ve been making an effort to get more ‘me’ time. When life is stressing me out, I like to go to the park with my dog, Zeus. Breathing in the fresh air and letting Zeus run around and play is very relaxing. It’s good for him and it’s good for me. “I also love going to the nail salon. I’ve been going to the same nail guy since middle school, and it’s really become my happy place. It’s really nice to have this time when all I have to do is sit for a while, get my nails done, and talk about whatever is on my mind. A trip to the nail salon always leaves me feeling refreshed.” – Peter B. McHugh, PT

“When I start to feel stressed out, I pause and think about five things I’m really grateful for. I’ve noticed that stress makes me frustrated, and I can take out those frustrations on the people around me. That’s not a habit I like, so instead, I work to create a better mindset about stress. Instead of drowning in those stressful feelings, I take what I’m feeling and turn it into something positive. This really helps me calm down and get a better perspective on the situation.”

–Genna Aguiar

“My go-to stress relief? A glass of red wine and spending time with my dogs. There’s always going to be something that stresses you out each day, so you have to take time for yourself and remember what brings you joy. After a long, stressful day, there’s nothing like kicking back with a glass of cabernet sauvignon and watching my dogs play together.”

–Laura Chmielewski

Plenty of things can stress us out. This month, we invite you to take stock of your own stress levels and find healthy stress relief strategies to help you enjoy a little more Zen.

–Gabriella Aguiar

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