Practicing Practical Mindfulness on International Stress Awareness Day

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Tanya Jessica D'Souza
Communications Assistant
Tue, 11/02/2021 - 17:00

Since 1988, November 3 marks International Stress Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness and promote the importance of reducing stress. Come practice mindfulness with us to recognize the day! Click here for more details.

Excessive stress has an impact on both our minds and bodies. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, sustained strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as “heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety”. Unfortunately, this long-term pattern of stress can be a very common and frequent part of our student lives. International Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to share our experiences of this common struggle and work on ways to better deal with stress. It’s okay, not to feel okay and we are here to help. 

How can I manage my stress? How can I be more mindful? 

  • Incorporate exercise. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, a quick burst of exercise may help. Declutter your space, go for walk, do some light stretching, or try a new workout. 

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Expressing what you may be going through can help put problems into perspective. As well, you may receive support and helpful advice from people who have your best interests in mind. 

  • It’s all about perspective. Stress can force us into misunderstandings of our past, present and future. Prioritizing and revisiting your long-term goals and ambitions can help you manage daily stressors. Thinking ahead and focusing on your future can be an incredible exercise in mindfulness and perseverance.

  • Try a workshop... perhaps WUSA’s Practical Mindfulness Workshop? Even when you come to terms with your difficulties in handling stress, it can be equally if not more demanding to actually do something about it. This is where wellness programs and integrated workshops can help you climb over this hump and take control of your stress with expert help from a dedicated team of professionals. 

Don’t miss our virtual Practical Mindfulness Workshop at 12:00 PM (EST) today which will explore practical strategies to help curb and conquer your stress, including: 

  • Basic mindfulness practices that can be utilized at the workplace 

  • A set of tools to encourage you to adopt your own mindfulness practices individually and in a team-setting 

  • Greater awareness of the interpersonal dynamics on your teams during challenging moments 

Click here to register for this event. 

If at any time you are feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to, please consider one of the following resources: