It's pretty impossible to experience life in the 21st century without being intimately acquainted with stress. Working, dating, mating, and just existing in our mercurial meat sacks can produce anxiety in even the most chill of people, so Twitter users are offering up their stress quips and tips in honor of #StressAwarenessDay.
It's well-documented that stress — chronic stress in particular — wreaks havoc on our bodies. Stress maxes out your endocrine system, your heart, and your immune system. It makes you more susceptible to diabetes, irritable bowel disease, heart attacks, and strokes. And don't forget that whole "stress eating" thing which can inspire the consumption of mass quantities of not-so-healthy foods, because it's not like we're all housing kale salads when the pressure is on at work or at home.
However, the good news is that fighting stress can be kind of fun. Sex has been proven to decrease anxiety and stress, as has a variety of slightly less erotic activities, from yoga to biking. Meditation is another great method to up your relaxation quotient, and sometimes medication is the best way to cope if your stress is completely unmanageable.
Here are five ways that Twitter users are coping with stress on #StressAwarenessDay.
1. Raising Awareness About Stressors
2. Busting Stress Stigma
3. Sharing Tips On How To Cope With Stress
In honor of #StressAwarenessDay Don't watch any news or tweet about news or read any news. Kiss your family, hug them, Spend time with them— Nyx Havenly (@Nyx_Haven) April 16, 2017
Breathe in...— M.C Harper, Author (@TheRealMCHarper) April 16, 2017
...It's okay. You got this.
Just noticing that today was #StressAwarenessDay lol. As stress free as I am, it's a wonder that I noticed at all😂— Promote Cannabis🤓 (@PromoteCannabis) April 17, 2017
4. Sharing Their Own Battles With Stress
When it's only 13 min. into #StressAwarenessDay and I'm already crying b/c anxiety and stress don't mix well.— Leslie Covarrubias (@lesliee_cee) April 16, 2017
5. Joking About Stress
#StressAwarenessday oh my, didn't know they made a national day for me— Kelly connors (@_connors_kelly) April 16, 2017
#StressAwarenessday I'm flattered :') you really didn't have to dedicate a whole day for me— menna ☾ (@mennacognition) April 17, 2017
This is for all the college students out there. 🤙🏼 #StressAwarenessDay— Marissa ✨ (@MMarston_14) April 17, 2017