International Stress Awareness Day

With the holidays near, ProAct’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee focused on eliminating stress in daily work and the world. It acknowledged International Stress Awareness Day on November 2nd by sharing information with its team on ways to lessen life’s stressors.

International Stress Awareness Day is an annual observance held on the first Wednesday of November every year. An initiative launched by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), this day intends to raise awareness about stress and methods to fight it.

The day encourages people to sit back, unwind and embrace peace. International Stress Awareness Day is even more significant this year due to the tough times people across the world have gone through in the COVID-19 outbreak.

From losing loved ones to fighting uncertainty, people in 2020 and 2021, have been through a lot and the unpredictable outbreak has led to stress. As a result, it is important to take mindful steps and tackle stress before it mounts. Here are 5 ways to fight stress in COVID times –

  • Meditate – Keep a routine and take out time to unwind in the mornings or evenings. Meditating and practicing gratitude can help get rid of negative emotions and increase tolerance.
  • Yoga – While spending time at the gym can be therapeutic too, Yoga is perfect for destressing and building patience. From fighting depression to getting rid of pain, yoga is well-known for the benefits it provides to the human body and mind.
  • Me time– Set aside time for yourself to do something that you enjoy. Make self-care an important part of your daily to-do list. You can spend this time learning a new hobby or polishing an old one.
  • Limit screen time– Instead of spending a lot of time staring into your phone or computer, define limits for your screen time. You can use this time to sit with your loved ones, read a book or take up a new hobby.
  • Communicate – Talk about your feelings to your loved ones regularly. A healthy communication channel must be maintained to strengthen relationships and to fight stress. If you are a person struggling in a hostile environment, you can communicate your thoughts to a therapist as well.