Is it stress or anxiety?
• Generally is a response to an external cause, such as taking a big test or arguing with
• Goes away once the situation is resolved.
• Can be positive or
negative. For example, it may inspire you to meet a deadline, or it may cause you to lose sleep.
• Generally is internal, meaning it’s your reaction to stress.
• Usually involves a persistent feeling of apprehension or dread that doesn’t go away, and that interferes with how you live your life.
• Is constant, even if there is no immediate threat.
Both Stress & Anxiety
Both stress and anxiety can affect your mind and body. You may experience symptoms such as:
• Excessive worry
• Headaches or body pain
• High blood pressure
• Loss of sleep
Ways to Cope
• Keep a journal.
• Download an app with relaxation exercises.
• Exercise and eat healthy.
• Get regular sleep.
• Avoid excess caffeine.
• Identify and challenge your negative thoughts.
• Reach out to your friends or family.
If you are struggling to cope, or the symptoms of your stress or anxiety begin to interfere with your everyday life, it may be time to talk to a professional.
In East Central Minnesota:
CRISIS Help https://adultmentalhealth.org/crisis-services/
Find more information about getting help on the National Institute of Mental Health website at www.nimh.nih.gov/findhelp.
CRISIS phone line:
Call 800 523-3333
Or text the word “MN” to 741741
In a life threatening situation or medical emergency, call your doctor or 911.
Just need to talk?
Wellness in the Woods 5:pm – 9:am Daily 844-739-6369
Minnesota NAMI Warmline 4:pm – 8:pm Thur – Sun 888-334-7754
Mental Health Advocacy Minnesota Warmline 5:pm-10:pm Mon – Sat 877-404-3190