What is stress ? Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting in adverse or demanding circumstances.

The body’s initial response to stress goes into a “ flight or fight “ response. These symptoms can be seen  during this phase as reflective to the initial response , such as being anxious , angry and quick to anger, difficulty sleeping , muscle tensions , and increased heart rate.  Over time sustaining stress can overwhelm and exhaust the body.  These responses can be seen in depression , social withdrawal, fatigue, lack of motivation , and even poor personal care.

Some stresses we see today include:

  • Essential family members going into work still and their returns home
  • Working in new situations and different conditions
  • Seeing the effects of COVID-19 firsthand
  • Having to self quarantine daily

What can you do to decrease stress :

  • Take care of yourself. Maintain your physical, mental and emotional health by eating well-balanced meals, getting enough sleep and rest, doing things that bring you joy and staying connected to family and friends.
  • Connect with others. Let the person know you are concerned about them and how you may be able to help.
  • Be kind, calm and compassionate in your words and actions towards others.
  • Develop problem focused coping skills to change what you can.
  • Create emotion focused coping strategies.
  • Do something positive that helps you feel better.
  • Engage in self-care behaviors such as stretching or meditating; eating healthy, balanced meals; exercising; sleeping; and spending time doing hobbies or other activities that you enjoy.
  • Stay connected to people who are important to you through the methods that are available to you.