Stress is how our body responds to pressures or tension.

What you may be experiencing

Stress can cause feelings of unease, anxiety, frustration, nervousness, fearfulness, or helplessness. When stressed, you may notice changes in your sleep, appetite, or energy level. Feeling stressed is normal, especially when you are experiencing life changes.

You may experience stress for a variety of reasons, such as increased responsibilities, financial challenges, or health concerns.

Stress can be overwhelming and affect your mental and physical health.

What you can do
  • Take five.
    Take a deep breath and relax. Even 5 minutes to take care of yourself can help.
  • Be active.
    Take a walk, stretch, or find another physical activity that works for you.
  • Connect with others.
    Reach out to friends and family.
  • Stick to a daily routine that includes rest, exercise, and eating healthy.
  • Seek support from friends, family, and trusted organizations.
    Talk about your feelings with others. Reach out to clergy or others in your faith community.
  • Get help from a professional.
    Talk to a health care provider about how you are feeling.
  • Make an appointment with a counselor.
  • Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
    If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat