It's National Stress Awareness Day—as if You Weren't, You Know, Aware

Who said that in order to spread a message about mental health and stress you couldn't have a sense of humor? As millions of Americans doom-scrolled and waited on election results Tuesday evening, little did they know that Wednesday November 4 is actually National Stress Awareness Day.

According to National Day Calendar, the day which "aims to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life," falls on the first Wednesday of November each year, which also means that every four years it actually has a very good chance of falling on the day after Election Day.

The National Day Calendar site explains that while everyone experiences stress, it's also important to learn how to manage it and cope with it. It also says that your health can be affected by stress caused from "physical abuse, stressful work environments, financial stress, or other family health issues."

Weirdly, their list doesn't include waiting on election results.

The website advises using tools like diet and exercise as well as finding ways to let things go as means to deal with stress. It also says that seeking help or participating in a relaxing activity, like taking a long bath can also be ways to celebrate the day.

Anecdotally, this writer also recommends taking a break from scrolling through Facebook and/or the refreshing of the electoral map.

A few people on Twitter did share their own tips and tricks to help alleviate stress, including some of the ones listed above as well as things like chewing gum or listening to music.

Today is National Stress Awareness Day! Remember it is very important to manage your stress, you deserve to feel calm and relax despite having a bad day! 🥰🤍

So this is a thread about simple things you can do to relieve your stress! Spread it so it might help you and others!! pic.twitter.com/AumO4wV8qS

— derafflesia (@derafflesialys) November 4, 2020

Given yesterday's election and the results yet to come in, a number of people on Twitter couldn't help but find some degree of humor in the situation. UK channel Dave said that it should have been obvious, although Comedy Central in the UK responded, jokingly asking, "Did something happen?"

Wait, did something happen?

— Comedy Central UK (@ComedyCentralUK) November 4, 2020

CBS News reporter Grace Segers tweeted about how hilarious the coincidence was.

Hilariously, November 4 is National Stress Awareness Day

— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) November 4, 2020

Other people tweeted that they didn't need to be reminded about stress today. One user joked that they "nailed the marketing" to coincide with the election. Another reporter wrote, "Just to be clear: I am aware of stress."

Not gonna lie, they nailed the marketing for National Stress Awareness Day this year. I have never been more aware of my stress. pic.twitter.com/Rd388LixmH

— Matt Bragg (@Axialmatt) November 4, 2020

Incidentally, today is National Stress Awareness Day.

Just to be clear: I am aware of stress.

— Harrison Golden (@harrisongolden) November 4, 2020

While you may have your own strategy for beating stress, election-related or other, today also marks another national holiday that can possibly bring some comfort. According to the National Day Calendar, it's also National Candy Day. While the November 4 holiday falls suspiciously close to Halloween, it's probably best not to question it and just trot along and see if your local supermarket maybe still has some of those large bags of candy on sale.

You know, to alleviate your stress. It IS a holiday, after all.

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It's National Stress Awareness Day, and yes, that's a real holiday. It's not just because of the election. Getty/Camerique/ClassicStock