April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month
Posted on 04/03/2023
Stress Awareness Month

Since April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s a good time to evaluate your current stress level. Stress is an unavoidable, normal response to a change — even a positive change can be stressful.

Stress can manifest physically, such as:

  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Digestive or sleeping issues
  • High blood pressure

Stress can also manifest mentally in anxiety, depression, and irritability. These stress responses need to be managed.  You can:

  • Keep a journal.
  • Download an app with relaxation exercises.
  • Exercise and eat healthy.
  • Get regular sleep.
  • Avoid excess caffeine.
  • Identify and challenge your negative thoughts.
  • Reach out to friends and family.

Saying “no” to extra responsibilities and “yes” to relaxing, healthy activities can also counter stress.

If you or a loved one are struggling with stress, you may want to seek help. Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential care coordination service provided by West Perry School District, can quickly find a mental health care or substance use treatment provider for you.

Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.

Visit caresolace.com/westperry and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

I'm So Stressed Out Flyer by the National Institute of Mental Health