MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992. The goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of stress and inform the public of successful coping strategies.
According to Dr. Nathan Taylor, stress is a normal bodily response that has let us evolve as a species for survival, however its long-term effects impede on our health. Effects of stress on the body include increased cortisol levels, increased adrenaline, which, long-term, can lead to heart disease, hypertension, muscle breakdown, muscle fatigue and chronic fatigue.
Taylor recommends activities such as yoga, meditation, and any other daily exercise to decrease stress.
With these pastimes, "you are bringing your awareness away from all of the external stimuli and the things that cause stress in our life from worrying about things in the future and worrying about things in the past to just being present," says Taylor.