GENESEO, N.Y., Apr. 17, 2023 – April is National Stress Awareness Month and Livingston County is highlighting resources and programs that are available to help individuals and families cope with stress in a healthy way.
Stress has been proven to have a negative impact throughout the body and can contribute to headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. Studies have also shown that stress can lead to feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry and frustration. Additionally, it can cause changes in appetite, energy and interests along with problems sleeping and the potential for an increased use in alcohol and misuse of prescription drugs.
While the impact of stress can seem overwhelming at times, there are meaningful ways to help manage stress, anxiety and grief including taking a break from news stories, social media and other communication tools that often portray negative themes. Studies have also shown the benefits of staying physically active including exercise as a means to reduce stress. Diet can also help to lower stress and anxiety by consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or non-fat dairy.
Sleep is also a critical component in reducing stress levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated the benefits of implementing a sleep routine each night. The CDC also highlights the importance of connecting with others, meditating and trying new activities as ways to limit and reduce stress levels.
Locally, Livingston County offers programming and resources related to mental health. Learn more about what’s available by visiting the Livingston County Department of Health website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.