April is stress awareness month, and we can all take steps to improve our personal health and well-being. Stress not only makes us feel bad, but it can worsen almost any health condition. Stress can intensify asthma, diabetes, and it can cause or aggravate obesity, heart disease, depression and anxiety, accelerate aging and even lead to premature death. Regular exercise reduces the risk of certain chronic diseases and reduces stress and anxiety. Cindy, a nutritionist from Huerfano County, and her family incorporate healthy living in their daily lives. There she also tries to help patients in the clinic improve their health status.
Engaging in 30 minutes of exercise each day has health benefits for people of all ages, including reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and feelings of anxiety. In addition to daily exercise, there are other ways to reduce stress. One can meditate, read, do something creative. Talking with friends or family, stretching, or even just taking a few deep breaths can help reduce stress and improve overall health.
Tell your story. What have you done to decrease stress in your life and improve your health and well-being? Decisions about your health are too important and too personal to be left up to others. You can inform yourself about the issues and take steps to improve your health. Contact us to tell your own story about healthy living and make your voice heard!