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January is National Mental Wellness Month.
January is designated as Mental Wellness Month by the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP), an educational organization for insurance professionals. Mental wellness is sometimes used as an umbrella term to describe preventive processes and strategies.
In honor of this month long observance, here are five strategies to reduce stress:
Develop a positive attitude–people with positive attitudes are apt to be happier, more successful, and better able to handle crisis and stress. And in concert with the positive attitude, get an attitude of gratitude for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t.
Avoid negative self talk–laugh at your mistakes and say I’ll remember next time.
View a crisis situation as an opportunity–creative problem solving can expand your options. Try to make a list of good things that could result from the problem you’re having to solve.
Laugh–Humor is a great stress reducer. Studies indicate laughter can make you healthier.
Exercise–Regular exercise increases energy and releases brain biochemicals to ward off depression and anxiety. Just a 15 minute walk a day will help keep body and soul together.
Changes in behavior, such as isolating yourself from others, overeating or not eating enough, lashing out at others (verbally or physically),or breaking into tears, can also be signs of deteriorating mental wellness.
Content for this article provided by Sovereign Health Group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Mentalhealth.net.