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Director's Corner

Director's monthly message highlighting the department's initiatives.

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt extremely stressed? Have you ever had deadlines quickly approaching and a mile-long to do list, or struggled to find a healthy work-life balance? Well, you are definitely not alone! Everyone feels stressed from time to time. A little bit of stress isn’t always a bad thing, but too much of it can be detrimental to your emotional and physical health. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992. While stress affects everyone in different ways, there are two major types of stress; stress that’s beneficial and motivating: good stress, and stress that causes anxiety and even health problems: bad stress. Learning to find that healthy balance is the best way to live a productive, blissful life. This month recognize the difference between good and bad stress and try to find your sources of happiness and peace. Stress Awareness Day is April 16th and the Office of Staff Development & Training challenges you to incorporate one of the 3 options below before Stress Awareness Day!

  1. Practice meditation: One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation is one of the most popular methods of achieving this quiet.
  2. Exercise: Exercising gets endorphins pumping through your brain, which triggers a happy feeling. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones like cortisol, and releases chemicals that make you feel more at peace. Whether you're a jogger, bicyclist or just like to take long walks, be sure to get some fresh air and exercise into your daily routine.
  3. Laugh:  It's true what they say about laughter being the best medicine. So, relax on the couch and take time out to watch your favorite TV sitcom or stream a comedic movie to let loose and laugh.