Four Corners Health Department — Getting stronger through stress

We can feel stress from positive things happening to us and from negative things. No matter the source, when stress gets to an unhealthy level, it can become too much for us. Over time too much stress can affect our physical and mental health.

Higher levels of stress that last a long time can lead to many different problems – from headaches to stomach problems to depression – and even can increase the risk of things like stroke and heart disease. Understanding how to keep stress at a healthy level, can help our overall wellbeing.

To assess your level of stress, visit this link to do a self-check: www.bvbh.net and click on “Online Screenings.”

Learning to manage our stress for ourselves can make us stronger, and more resilient. Helping our children to work through problems and stresses also makes them stronger. Some tips to help us be more resilient:

  • Learn your signs of stress. Signals of stress can include difficulty staying focused, headaches, cold hands, tight muscles, a nervous stomach, clenched teeth, feeling on edge, fidgety, irritable or withdrawn.
  • Take steps to manage stress in healthy ways. Learn what works for you. Try deep breathing, stretching, going for a walk, writing down your thoughts, and being still. Schedule time for yourself.
  • Try new routines. Explore if going to bed earlier or getting up earlier helps you feel more prepared. Allow time for selecting your priorities for the day. Then make a plan for getting them done. You may be able to prevent stress before it starts.
  • Stay connected. Spending time with a trusted friend or family member can be reassuring and calming.
  • View problems with a fresh look. For example, can standing in line turn into a chance to learn about the other person in line? Or can sitting in traffic be seen as a moment to do some deep breathing?
  • Talk to a health professional if stress is affecting your well-being. Set up time with a counselor if you feel you cannot manage your level of stress. Assess whether you are trying to manage your stress by using drugs or alcohol. If so, get help for finding better ways to deal with stress.

For more information, go to: https://orwh.od.nih.gov/in-the-spotlight/all-articles/7-steps-manage-stress-and-build-resilience

Attend an upcoming free webinar: “Building Resiliency Skills in Youth – Tips for Navigating a Crisis” on Tuesday, April 16, at noon by Zoom. Learn things you can do in responding to youth who present themselves as experiencing a crisis. 1.0 hours of continuing education is offered free for licensed mental health providers. 1.0 in-service hour is offered to childcare providers. To register, go to  https://fourcorners.ne.gov/community-ed-training/upcoming-events-workshops/

For more ideas on healthy living, call 402-362-2621. Send email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel @fc_healthdept!

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