April marks Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to understanding and addressing the impact of stress on our lives. In today’s fast-paced world, stress can pop up at any time, affecting your physical and mental well-being. However, by implementing effective stress management techniques, you can regain control over your life. 

In this blog, Cornerstone will explore five practical tips to help you manage stress and improve your overall well-being during Stress Awareness Month and beyond.

1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine to help reduce stress and promote a sense of calmness and relaxation. Take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness meditation. Focus on your breath and observe your thoughts and sensations. Mindfulness can also happen during everyday activities such as eating, walking, or washing dishes.

2. Engage in Regular Exercise

Physical activity is a powerful stress reliever, helping to reduce tension, improve mood, and increase energy levels. Aim to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, whether you go for a brisk walk, jog, ride a bike, or take part in a yoga session. Find activities that you enjoy and make them a priority in your schedule. Exercise not only provides a natural outlet for stress but also promotes the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones, leaving you feeling more positive and energized. Cornerstone emphasizes the importance of physical activity in maintaining mental well-being and managing stress.

3. Prioritize Self-Care

Self-care means doing things on purpose to take care of your body, feelings, and mind. Make self-care a priority by carving out time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether you read a book, take a bubble bath, spend time outdoors, or indulge in a hobby, find ways to recharge and replenish your energy reserves. We assure you that self-care is not selfish but essential for maintaining balance and resilience in the face of stress.

4. Establish Healthy Boundaries

Setting boundaries is important for protecting your time, energy, and emotional well-being. Learn to say no to tasks or commitments that overwhelm you or violate your boundaries. Communicate your needs assertively and respectfully, and don’t feel guilty about prioritizing your well-being. By establishing healthy boundaries, you can reduce feelings of resentment, burnout, and stress, and create space for activities that nourish and fulfill you.

5. Seek Mental Health Support

Don’t hesitate to reach out for support when you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress. Whether it’s talking to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional at Cornerstone, sharing your feelings and concerns can provide validation, perspective, and comfort. Surround yourself with a supportive network of individuals who understand and respect your needs. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and seeking support can help you navigate through challenging times more effectively.


As we observe Stress Awareness Month, let’s commit to prioritizing our mental health and well-being by implementing Cornerstone’s five tips for managing stress. By practicing mindfulness, engaging in regular exercise, prioritizing self-care, establishing healthy boundaries, and seeking support, we can cultivate strength, reduce stress, and lead happier, healthier lives.

Ready to take control of your mental health and conquer stress with a little help from Cornerstone? Schedule an online appointment or give us a call at (217) 222-8254 today.