Don’t let stress get to you

The spring semester can get busy for school district employees, and with many responsibilities comes stress. But while stress affects almost everyone, it doesn’t have to affect your life. And sometimes, it can be a good thing because it can give us the energy we need to meet challenges. How can you tell if the stress in your life is becoming a problem?

The common symptoms of stress include difficulty sleeping, headaches, neck and back aches, stomach pain, irritability, depression, and mood swings. Some people also may begin to abuse alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs during periods of extreme stress. You need to get the opinion of a medical professional or counselor if any of these symptoms feel familiar. If you have recently experienced these, you could be under stress.

There are things you can do to help alleviate some of the common causes and symptoms of stress in your daily life. Here are five tips that can help.

Tip number one:

Try to identify the source of your stress and find a practical way to resolve it. If you’re worried that your manager is concerned about your performance, ask them if they have any feedback for you and if there is anything you can do to improve your work. If your to-do list is out of control, you can review it and then block out time to tackle it. Often addressing the source of your stress will minimize the impact it has on your life.


Tip number two:

Accept that some problems and challenges can’t be solved directly. Instead, you may need time to come to terms with them. Some sources of stress—such as caring for an older relative—require us to make an attitude change rather than fix an external problem. Reaching out to a mental health professional will help you gain perspective.


Tip number three:

Stop overscheduling. Feeling constantly stretched is a major stressor. Make a plan for a calm morning and make sleep a priority in the evening. By slowing down, you can tune in to what your body needs and build resilience for the challenges you have to face.


Tip number four:

Take care of yourself. Eating a healthy diet will help you find the energy you need to cope with stress. Exercising regularly can also help keep it under control. This is because exercising for as little as 20 minutes a day can rev up your endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals in the brain that help to reduce stress. Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques might help you ease the tension in your life. You can find resources on both by searching the Support and Resources section of the assistance programme website.

Tip number five:
Make time for family and friends. Research shows that having strong ties to others has a positive effect on a person’s ability to cope with stress.

These five tips are drawn from the knowledge and first-hand experience of our well-being experts who are helping clients round the clock every day.

If you need additional support, Dallas ISD team members can take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program by LifeWorks. The confidential, secure platform has countless resources available online for free, including on-call counselors who are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Reach out to LifeWorks at (972) 925-4000, or visit and click on Benefits Resources to access online EAP information. 


Source: LifeWorks

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