Everyone experiences stress from time to time. It’s a natural reaction to the demands of life. Managing stress can be a challenge - learning new strategies, and getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms. There are different types of stress from a variety of sources. Learn more here.
Common signs and symptoms of stress include:
There are many ways to cope with stress, and your way to cope may be different from someone else’s. WorkWell NYC is here to help you find healthy ways to cope with stress.
Learn about common stress triggers and ways to manage your stress here.
Learn how to do a muscle relaxation exercise. Learn More
Stressed muscles are tight, tense muscles. By learning to relax your muscles, you will be able to use your body to relieve stress.
This progressive muscle relaxation exercise will help you identify and reduce stress from head to toe.
Tighten each muscle and maintain the contraction 20 seconds before slowly releasing. Start with your face, then work down the body. Notice the feeling of tensing and releasing your muscles:
The entire routine should take 12 to 15 minutes. Try to practice it twice daily – it may take you a week or two to get the hang of it!
Self-care can help you reduce and manage stress. Learn More
❖ Take a walk with a friend, or try a fitness class. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes, including yoga, in all five boroughs. Registration is not required.
❖ Eat and drink healthy foods and beverages. Check out the Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC for some tips.
Connect with friends, family, co-workers, and your community. Learn More
❖ Plan activities with your partner, children or friends.
❖ Talk with people that care about the social issues you might be struggling with.
❖ Try to participate in community-based activities around your neighborhood, such as at a house of worship or local park.
Learn where to get more help if you need it. Learn More
❖ If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a partner, family member, friend, or your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, find one in your network click here to find one in your network.
❖ You can also contact the NYC Employee Assistance Program for help. The EAP offers free and confidential assistance to employees and family members. If treatment is necessary, the EAP can help refer you to a provider that is covered by your health insurance. The EAP can be reached at 212-306-7660 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.