Have you been feeling tired, worried or stressed? Did you know that stress is a leading cause of many physical and mental health issues? It is important to be aware of your stress levels and to cope with stressors in a healthy way! Taking proper care of your mind and body, especially when you are experiencing stress, can have lasting benefits for your health and well-being. This Stress Awareness Month, the Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) is helping Thumb residents take charge of their health!

Not sure whether and how stress is impacting you? People experience stress in different ways, but it helps to be aware of the most common symptoms. These include trouble sleeping, changes in mood or appetite, headaches, and stomachaches, to name a few.

To lower or manage your stress levels, the CDC suggests a few daily habits that support good physical and mental health.

1. Find an exercise routine that you enjoy.

2. Limit the time you spend watching the news or using social media platforms.

3. Make time for activities that make you feel relaxed, such as a creative hobby.

4. Talk with loved ones and, if needed, your doctor about how stress is impacting you.

For more information about Stress Awareness Month, speak with your health professional, visit www.Facebook/ThumbHealth, or contact Kay Balcer, TCHP Director at 989-553-2927.

—Thumb Community Health Parnership