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April is Stress Awareness Month

Release Date: April 8, 2021

Stress refers to how your brain and body responds to changes and challenges. Stress can be helpful by keeping you alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger, but chronic stress can have a negative effect on your mind and body, especially when it is not managed properly.

You can improve your overall well-being by learning to identify the signs and symptoms of stress, understanding how it affects your health, and finding constructive ways to manage it.

Symptoms of Stress

Physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress can include:

  • Headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and racing heartbeat.
  • Difficulty sleeping or having nightmares.
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
  • Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, helplessness, or frustration.
  • Worsening of chronic and mental health conditions.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests.
  • Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Healthy ways to manage stress

Below are ways that you can help yourself, your loved ones, and others manage stress:

This National Institutes of Mental Health fact sheet provides more information about stress and tips for healthy stress management.

Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Help

If you or someone you care about are having trouble managing stress, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help. Your EAP provides both you and your eligible household members with free and confidential support for a wide array of personal challenges and can help you develop a plan to manage the stress in your life. EAP assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 04/08/2021
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