Stress and Anxiety

What is Stress?
What is Anxiety?

It is normal to feel anxious, stressed or worried at times. Stress and anxiety are ways that our bodies respond to the day-to-day struggles and demands of life. A little bit of stress or anxiety can be healthy - it protects us from danger and keeps us alert and productive. Too much stress or anxiety can result in serious physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms (Therapist Aid, 2020).

Stress and anxiety trigger our "flight-or-fight" response, our bodies natural reaction to any situation we perceive to be mentally or physically threatening.

For example, taking a test can be a stressful or anxiety producing situation. You may notice your bodies flight or flight response becoming activated through symptoms such as; sweating, worry, racing thoughts, racing heart, etc. 

Practicing Relaxation Techniques
We can counteract our stress response by activating our relaxation response.  The videos below will walk you through different relaxation techniques. Additional stress reduction techniques are found in the "Mindfulness" and "Self Care" Tabs to the right.

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If you are in need of immediate help, we offer the following resources:

 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988

Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741-741

CPS Student Safety Hotline (OPEN 24/7 during non-school hours and/or closures): 773-553-3335 


Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386


**If you are ever unsure who to dial, call 911**

Disclaimer: The following page is intended for psychological education and support. Any individual in need of ongoing treatment should consult with their pediatrician or school-based clinician (counselor, social worker, psychologist, nurse)