Situations that cause you physical, psychological, or emotional strain create feelings of stress because your body is reacting to something needing attention or action. While occasionally feeling “stressed out” is quite common, how you respond to stressful events can affect your physical and mental health can make a huge difference.
Examples of Stress
“Stress” is generally defined as a feeling of being overwhelmed or nervousness, or not being able to process everything you have to do at work or home. It can also show up in your relationships and personal life.
You feel like there’s too much going on, and it seems like it’s all crashing down on you. There is normal stress which comes from the everyday actions of life and then there is more severe stress, which can raise concerns about mental health.
“Anxiety” and “depression” feel like different terms than “stress” sometimes, but oftentimes, stressed people feel anxious and sad. So, some overlap exists between the terms.
The sad reality is that with COVID-19 and school closures and the loss of a sense of community, many people (especially teens) are more stressed and anxious than ever before. Research consistently shows this. And to make it worse, there aren’t a lot of North Texas therapists who specialize in children, and affording a therapist is often prohibitive.
What To Do Now
Use one or both ways to help reduce and manage stress. One method is the practice of self-care which is one of the most important decisions you can make. You can practice self-care anytime and anywhere.
It is a commitment to behaviors that prioritize your health and well-being by caring for your body and your mind. Access our Health Tips to find smart solutions for taking care of yourself. Another method you can add is professional assistance. You can connect with a professional counselor who will listen to you. Listening is the best first step in coaching you in your development of stress reduction behaviors and coping strategies.
Other professionals can help you address stress associated with finances, food security, healthcare, and more. There is an external approach to help you manage stress.
We’re here to point you to resources. Go to FindHelp.org now, or call 988.