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Spring Insights: Stress Awareness, Home Maintenance & Distracted Driving

April is #NationalStressAwarenessMonth - here are some suggestions that can help combat #stress in your day to day:

  • Prioritize physical health. Although stress may often be seen as primarily a mental or emotional matter, your physical health can significantly influence stress levels. Try to eat a healthy and nourishing meals and exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes each day.

  • Get enough sleep. Being rested is an integral part of overall health and wellness, and may help you avoid or manage stressful situations. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

  • Schedule time for yourself. Although life may be busy, setting aside time to enjoy your hobbies and relax is crucial to limiting stress levels.

  • Connect with others. Try to avoid isolating yourself by maintaining regular contact with family members, friends and colleagues. Be open and honest about struggles you may be having with stress.

  • Avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms. Limit alcohol intake, try to quit smoking and avoid using drugs as a way of changing your mental state unless prescribed by a medical professional. 


The spring months can be unpredictable with the weather changes - here are some home maintenance and #safetytips:

  • Inspect your roof for cracks or holes that may have been caused during the winter, as spring winds and precipitation could exacerbate any issues and cause further damage.

  • Clear your gutters and downspouts.

  • Look around your property for potentially problematic trees or branches, as spring may bring heavy winds.

  • Check your air conditioner and clean or replace ventilation filters to maximize the efficiency of your cooling system inadvance of warmer summer conditions.

  • Seal cracks around doors and windows to keep dust and pests from entering your home. 


April is also #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth - did you know that there are over 3,000 fatal accidents per year due to distracted driving? Below are #safedrivingtips to help contribute to safe roads:

  • Avoid talking on your cell phone or texting while driving.

  • Limit unnecessary conversations with passengers and keep pets and children from moving around the vehicle.

  • Set your navigation, music, etc. before you begin driving.

  • Save personal grooming (such as adjusting your hair, touching up makeup, etc.) for after you've reached your destination.

  • Refrain from eating, drinking or smoking while driving.

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