Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

April 19, 2016
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced today that April is Stress Awareness Month.

"While we can't avoid stress, we can lessen it by changing how we choose to respond to it. The best reward for reducing stress is a healthy, balanced life including work, relationships, relaxation, and fun," said Dr. Ruppert.

Our body's stress response occurs when we are facing a dangerous situation or are overwhelmed by life events. Acute stress can be very intense or short-lived, such as getting a flat tire. Chronic stress  may be less intense but lasts a long time. Long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses, from headaches to stomach disorders or depression, and can even increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Take some time to take care of yourself each day; even just 10 to 15 minutes per day can improve your ability to handle life's stressors. Here are a few ideas to get you started: take a walk; read a book; go for a run; have a cup of tea; play a sport; spend time with a friend or loved one; meditate; or do yoga.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers the following stress reduction recommendations:

  • Recognize when you don't have control, and let it go.
  • Don't get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
  • Take control of your own reactions and focus your mind on something that makes you feel calm and in control. This may take some practice, but it pays off in peace of mind.
  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal growth, and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.

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