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The first day of school is right around the corner. Feeling overwhelmed or unprepared can cause all sorts of stress and anxiety. These feelings take a toll mentally and physically. Call us at 888-828-7826, we will help you find the care you need to cope with the stress and anxiety you're facing and once again feel excited to get back to school!

HCAMS would love to be on hand at all of your new teacher meetings, general membership meetings, or president rountables. We can give an overview of services or we even offer free training on a variety of topics. Interested? Email us today!

Anxiety: The New Normal

The New York Times recently published a piece on the increasing role of anxiety in shaping our culture.
" "If you're a human being living in 2017 and you're not anxious, there's something wrong with you." states Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder.

But what is anxiety?

  • "At its core, Anxiety is simply the body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. Worrying about a job interview or stressing out over a test is healthy, normal anxiety - this kind of anxiety encourages us to properly prepare for situations we're uneasy about, and helps us stay alert and aware. 
However, for those suffering from an Anxiety Disorder, anxiety feels far from normal. It can be completely debilitating. 
  • Anxiety disorders keep people from sleeping, concentrating, talking to others, or even leaving their home. 
  • Anxiety that may need treatment is often irrational, overwhelming, and disproportionate to the situation. It makes sufferers feel as though they have no control of their feelings, and it can involve serious physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or trembling. 

When normal anxiety becomes irrational and begins to recur and interfere with daily life, it's classified as a disorder."(source)

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect around 40 million adults in the United States.

Don't suffer in silence! Call 888-828-7826 today.
Ten Free Ways to Destress You Can (Probably) Do Today:

1. Take a Walk for at least 10 minutes. Focus on breathing deeply.

2. T ake a Hot Bath,
 for added relaxation add in milk, oatmeal, or coconut oil. No need for fancy products!
3. Journal your thoughts, make up a story, write haikus for all your friends, even if you never show them.
4. Clean! The satisfaction of a job well done and the joy of a comfortable space are worth the work. Channel negative energy into being productive.
5. Listen to music
6. Chew Gum! One study showed it can boost your mood.
7. Laugh. Watch a viral video, check out your favorite meme page, nothing boosts mood like laughter.
8. Check out calm.com for some free meditation exercises
9. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Actively dwelling on the good things in life boosts mood and helps combat stressors.
10. Unplug. Take intentional time away from your phone, computer, and TV. Allow your brain a break from the stimulous of screens and the pressures of social media. 
Be present.

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