A Relaxing Weekend After National Stress Awareness Day

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NEW YORK—From National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12) to International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), there’s no shortage of fun, wacky holidays to celebrate every year. However, the first Wednesday in November marks a slightly heavier holiday: National Stress Awareness Day. I think most of us can agree that we don’t need a dedicated day to make us “aware” of stress—we’re aware of it all the time. But even though we’re no stranger to stress, there’s still value in setting aside one day a year to really talk about stress—and how to deal with it. It’s no question that stress can have an effect on every aspect of our lives, but especially on our mental and physical health. Jay Winner, MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif., told WebMD, “Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally. It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of." Read More