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October: Stress

Everyone experiences stress! Not all stress is bad, but chronic stress can have negative impacts on your physical, mental, and social health. This year has been particularly stressful for many of us. Now is a great time to let go of what is out of your control and take small steps to manage whatever you can to help reduce the negative effects of stress in your life.

Counteract the physical and mental side effects of stress by doing something that makes you feel good! Laugh with a friend, move your body, or get to bed earlier. Just doing one thing that makes your body and mind feel a little better can help minimize the impact of stress.


Having meaning and focusing on what really matters may help you keep other frustrations in perspective. By focusing on the bigger picture, you can avoid blowing day-to-day annoyances like traffic and dirty laundry out of proportion, which results in less stress.


Improve your mental health and lower your stress by leaning into positive social connections. Work to keep relationships with friends, family, and co-workers strong so that you can all be there for one another when times get tough.


For information from past months, visit the the Monthly Matters Archive.

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