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April: Stress Awareness Month


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Tips From Nurse Carrie

You are likely familiar with saying “April showers bring May flowers.” If the saying holds true this year, you will begin to see melting ice and snow, giving you an opportunity to get outside after months of indoor activities. 

Being outdoors poses tremendous health benefits for us, both mentally and physically. It allows us to take in fresh air and delight in different sights and sounds, like the return of chirping songbirds. In addition to a change of scenery, going outside presents a prime opportunity to get much-needed exercise. And when you do both — enjoy the scenery and get moving — you can also significantly reduce your stress.

Coincidentally, April is also National Stress Awareness Month.

If April’s weather fails to cooperate (who can forget the storms that hit much of our area mid-April last year?) or if you’re unable to get outside for any reason, you can still enjoy the outdoors and, in the process, give yourself a mental and physical boost. Thankfully, there are ways to bring the outdoors to life in our homes.

Simply visiting your local greenhouse can provide some relief. You might also find inspiration there; for example, you might consider planting a window herb garden, purchasing a moveable miniature tree or patio plant, or creating a raised garden. Seniors who are homebound will especially enjoy and benefit from starting their own planetariums (clients and CAREGivers should work together to purchase and use the supplies). Finally, complete your indoor planting with the special touch of tranquil nature sounds, such as birdsongs and blowing breezes; these are available in CD form or via a variety of streaming services.

Until warmer weather is here to stay, these simple tips can help get you in the springtime spirit and provide important health benefits, from exercise to stress reduction.

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