Whew! Hello, April. Who else feels like this year is moving by too fast?
One thing about April though is it sure gives you a lot to look forward to; Easter celebrations, spring weather, and longer days of sunlight. Most importantly, April is also National Stress Awareness Month! Yep, a whole month dedicated to stress-awareness and taking time for yourself. Pretty awesome, right?
To honor National Stress Awareness Month throughout the month of April we will be sharing some fun facts about stress and advice for dealing with it. One of the top reasons that so many people out there love to float is because it helps them with stress-relief and anxiety but we'll dive more into all of that later.
For now, here are 5 interesting facts about stress that you probably didn't know:
1. Men are more likely to develop stress-related disorders.
This stems from the fact that typically women are better at handling emotional problems. Men have a higher chance of developing a disorder as a result of too much stress. These disorders include hypertension, aggressive behavior, and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
2. Your pupils dilate during extremely stressful situations.
This is similar to how your pupils dilate when you see someone you’re attracted to. The dilation is caused by a natural reaction of your body trying to gather more information about a situation.
3. Stress can cause hair loss.
Extremely stressful events can cause hair loss. This is a slow process that will happen over the process of a few months known as telogen effluvium.
4. Thinking about stress relief can cause actual stress relief.
Ever heard the saying that all the power is in your mind? Same thing relates to stress. By positive thinking, affirmations, and visual fantasies, you can lower your stress levels. Because stress is often caused by overthinking, changing your thoughts can lead to instant relaxation.
5. Stress alters the neurochemical makeup of the body.
Stress is the cause of 30% of all infertility problems. With women, it affects the maturation and release of the human egg. It can also cause spasms in the fallopian tubs and uterus, affecting implantation. As far as men, go too much stress affects sperm count.
This month we'll go over some more facts like this, learn more about two types of stress, how to cope with it, and how to use floating for the ultimate stress-relief. There are lots of healthy and easy ways to manage stress, it's just important to take the time for yourself.