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April 03, 2023

April is Stress Awareness Month, and we recognize the pervasive impact that it can have on individuals, couples and families. From everyday challenges to significant life transitions, stress can manifest in various forms and ultimately affect our mental, emotional, and physical health.

This month, we invite you to join us in exploring proactive strategies to enhance resilience and promote self-care. Here are five key insights to consider from Lisa Rene Reynolds' article on The Powers of Stress:

  • Take the time to reflect on how we know we are stressed. Are you impatient with others? Do you feel fatigued? Does your heart race? Does your mood change?
  • Think about what easy things we can take off our plate. Can you go to sleep earlier tonight? Can you ask your spouse for help with chores? Small things do make a difference, so it’s always a great idea to start there.
  • Consider whether the efforts you usually make to reduce stress actually work. For example, sometimes people drink to “relax” after stressful days, but the result is temporary. If the outcome of the drinking is exhaustion or feeling sick, then maybe this strategy isn’t working.
  • Don't be afraid to make life changes. Day-to-day changes to routines, organizing one’s home, catching up on tasks, or asking for help more regularly can be helpful.
  • Therapy can make a difference. Seeking the services of a therapist can be a great way to get support in reducing or coping with stressful times in life. Therapists and counselors can offer strategies (like “cognitive reframes”) that can help with stress.

Upcoming Stress Management & Resilience Webinar

Wednesday, April 17 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Life is full of curveballs, both big and small. Whether it's work, family, or simply the day-to-day stressors, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Join Daniela Van Pelt, M.S.W., LCSW and our panel of therapists as they delve into effective strategies for navigating stress, anxiety, and fostering resilience in challenging times. Gain valuable insights, practical tips, and evidence-based techniques to enhance your overall well-being.

This is a free event, however registration is required. This event will be recorded and shared with our audience in the days following the livestream.

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Stress Resources

The Family Institute website is full of resources to help you manage the negative impacts of stress: