“Stress Awareness” April

Emma Brading '25

Although mental health today is discussed and researched more extensively than it has been in the past, it is still an important topic for us to keep a strong focus on– especially regarding our welfare. Life can often seem too busy for us to keep up with our responsibilities alone, so keeping an eye on our mental health can seem impossible. Especially since April is the month of Stress Awareness (an often fun but anxious time of the year), it is crucial that we can all be focused, yes, but also in a positive state of mind. That being said, here are a few ways you could celebrate Stress Awareness Month this year!
Even though it may seem like there is no time in the world to spare, making time to take care of yourself is vital to not only being productive but to finding happiness, too. Many of the things you could do for yourself involve relaxing and completely detaching from stressful activities. For example, if you can feel yourself getting close to being burnt out, it would be a good idea to do something which takes little energy. Even doing something as simple as laying in bed and watching a movie can act as a way for you to find some peace in your chaotic life. Also, you could do something creative to give your stress and other overwhelming emotions an outlet. You do not need to be an amazing artist to do so, as— no matter the skill level— art can be a relaxing and fun hobby for anyone. Overall, make sure that you are checking in on yourself frequently and giving yourself a break. Working hard is great, but it is impossible to be your best when you don’t feel your best. So take care of yourself, and have an amazing April!