resources & helpful information
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Mental Health and Substance Use Resources
Stress Relief Resources
Stress...it is a word we are all very familiar with and in these uncertain and ever-changing times, we are all experiencing various levels of stress. Stress is how the body reacts to any kind of demand, threat, or change being experienced. It is often associated with a feeling of being overwhelmed and it is important to note that stress is not a “one size fits all” concept. What stresses one person out may not faze the next person based on the way in which they perceive the stressor.
When chronic stress is not properly managed it can cause serious health effects including; increased blood pressure, suppressed and weakened immune system, greater risk of heart attacks and strokes and an increased chance of experiencing some form of mental or emotional health issues. Although we cannot avoid stress all together, we can manage how stress affects us. Below are some strategies to help manage stress.
It is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed during uncertain times and for many, when we are struggling one of the first things we stop doing is taking care of ourselves. We instead shift our energy to the things that seem more pressing at that moment – our families, our jobs, dealing with and adjusting to changes related to the pandemic, etc. While self-care may not be a priority, it is necessary to keep us healthy both physically and mentally as it helps build the resilience needed to assist us in coping with life’s stress.
There are multiple areas of self-care and it is important to ensure all areas are being addressed. When starting a self-care routine, start slowly by selecting one area that needs the most focus and begin working on that.