What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stress’? How do you handle the stresses in your life?
According to the National Institute on Mental Health:
Stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand. Many things can trigger this response, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. They may be recurring, short-term, or long-term and may include things like commuting to and from school or work every day, traveling for a yearly vacation, or moving to another home. Changes can be mild and relatively harmless, such as winning a race, watching a scary movie, or riding a rollercoaster. Some changes are major, such as marriage or divorce, serious illness, or a car accident. Other changes are extreme, such as exposure to violence, and can lead to traumatic stress reactions. (National Institute on Mental Health, 2012)
How can you reduce the negative impacts of stress in your life?
- Keep in touch with family, friends and/or community supports
- Recognize your body’s signs of stress
- Exercise regularly
- Make time for relaxation and/or stress coping exercises
- Talk with a mental health provider
- Regularly see doctor for health care
If you or someone you know is overwhelmed by stress, and is in need of someone to talk to, call our 24-hour Helpline by dialing either 2-1-1 or 1-701-235-7335 (SEEK). If you or someone close to you is in mental health crisis, call the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).