Resilience in Stressful Times

April 24, 2024

Keep in mind that stress doesn’t always get better on its own. You may have to actively work on it, especially if the stress you have been facing is prolonged or intense. The following stress management techniques may help:

Scale Back

While it may seem easier said than done, take a close look at your daily, weekly and monthly schedule and find meetings, activities, dinners or chores that you can cut back on or delegate to someone else. If news reports or social media posts are contributing to your stress, try taking a break from TV and the internet until you feel better equipped to manage the associated stress.


If you are feeling edgy already, try to stay ahead of additional stress by preparing for meetings or trips, scheduling your time better, and setting realistic goals for tasks both big and small. Stress mounts when you run short on time, so build a cushion into your schedule for traffic jams or slow public transportation, for example.

Reach Out

Make or renew connections with others. Surrounding yourself with supportive family, friends, co-workers, or clergy and spiritual leaders can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and your ability to cope. You can also try volunteering in your community.

Take up a Hobby

It may seem cliché, but an enjoyable pastime can calm your racing mind and heart rate. Try reading, gardening, crafts, tinkering with electronics, fishing, carpentry or music – things that you don’t get competitive or more stressed out about.


Physical activity, meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques can help you manage stress. It doesn’t matter which technique you choose. What matters is refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body.

Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep affects your immune system and your judgment and makes you more likely to snap over minor irritations. Most people need seven to eight hours a night.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

While momentarily calming, both can contribute to stress and anxiety.

Get Professional Help

If your stress management efforts aren’t helpful enough, see your doctor or contact your Member and Family Assistance Plan provider. Chronic, uncontrolled stress can lead to a variety of potentially serious health problems, including depression and pain.


This article is provided by ComPsych Guidance Resources, your Member and Family Assistance Plan provider. If you liked this article, check out for more helpful information on managing your well-being.