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Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month: Biofeedback

Stress Awareness Month Tip
DNAInfo.com featured the biofeedback program at FoF and explained that the training can be used “to help firefighters recreate tense firefighting situations — and learn how to keep themselves calm amid the stress they induce… firefighters can learn to focus on steady diaphragmatic breathing and relaxing muscles to cope with moments of anxiety.”
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April is Stress Awareness Month. We shared tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. This is the last of the month. Stay tuned for Mental Health Month in May.

Stress Awareness Month: Journal Writing

Stress Awareness Month Tip
Justin Kennard, LCSW, one of our counselors, says regular journal writing can be beneficial to emotional health. It’s a way to release, and become aware of, powerful thoughts and feelings that cause stress. This process of actively letting thoughts flow out of you into your private journal can provide relief and greater understanding about yourself. Use paper or electronic form, bring it with you wherever you go, and journal daily, weekly, or as needed.

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Sleeping

Stress Awareness Month Tip
If you have trouble falling asleep try these five steps: 1. Dim the lights 1 hour before bedtime; 2. Avoid looking at anything with a screen; 3. Ten minutes before bedtime, begin a focused mindfulness exercise; 4. If your mind begins to wander, notice that it wandered and get back on track; 5. Get in bed and focus on your breath.

More: http://tinyurl.com/SleepHabits1

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Exercise

Stress Awareness Month Tip
Exercise is proven to reduce stress. If you aren’t able to go for a run or take a gym class, try taking the stairs instead of the escalator or taking a walk during your lunch break. FoF offers free weekly yoga classes for FDNY firefighters and your family in Rockaway and Staten Island.

 

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Animal Therapy

Stress Awareness Month Tip

Lauren Johnson, LMFT, one of our counselors, recommends animal therapy to reduce stress. Interaction with a gentle animal can reduce anxiety, among other benefits.

 

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Activities and Hobbies

Stress Awareness Month Tip
Stress Awareness Month Tip from FoF: Lauren Johnson, LMFT, one of our counselors, recommends focusing on activities and hobbies that you enjoy as a way to decrease stress. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy schedule, but make sure to take time to crochet, read, meet with friends, take a spin class, cook dinner, or whatever activity or hobby it is that brings you joy.

 

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Breathing & Meditation

Stress Awareness Month Tip

Our Biofeedback Coach, Rita Desyatnik, says deep breathing daily is a great way to relieve stress and get acquainted with meditation. The Seattle Seahawks’ sports psychologist, whose techniques are similar to biofeedback coaching provided at FoF, recommends that those “new to meditation start off with six minutes of deep breathing”. Among other benefits, breathing and meditation release tension and relax the mind and body.

More: http://tinyurl.com/SeahawksMeditate

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

Stress Awareness Month: Increase Happiness

Stress Awareness Month Tip

A simple and quick tip shown to increase happiness is by simply increasing attention of the good things in life: take a few minutes once a day to relish something that you usually hurry through (e.g., eating a meal, taking a shower, finishing the workday, or walking to the subway). Those who practiced savoring regularly showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression.

More: http://tinyurl.com/increasehappy

 

April is Stress Awareness Month. We’re sharing tips all month long from our counselors and wellness providers. 

April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month and like last year, our counseling and wellness providers will be sharing simple tips you can put into action to help reduce daily stress. We’ll talk about journaling, breathing, exercise, sleep habits, and more. Starting Friday, keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter pages for tips throughout the month!