October 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. In observance of this year’s event, challenge your department to reduce their stress levels this month. Every job can cause stress; however, firefighting takes stress to a new level. Each time you get called out to an emergency, you are expected to drop everything to serve your community. This means possibly missing out on family gatherings and other important events in your life, as well as risking your physical and mental health.
According to American Psychological Association (APA), poorly managed stress can contribute to obesity, increased blood pressure, and increased risk of heart disease. Hobbies and sports can provide a nice distraction from stress and relieve tension; having down-time is important. When it comes to effectively managing stress, recreation is just as important as household chores or bills, says the University of Maryland Medical Center.
This October, do something for YOU to clear your mind for at least 20 minutes a day. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby or sport, taking your dog for a walk, reading a book outside on a nice day, or going for a run on a treadmill, the point is to clear your mind while doing something you enjoy and getting your mind off of your stressors. You’ve completed the challenge if you take 20 minutes of relaxation time each day for at least 21 days this month.
Tips to help complete your challenge:
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