Managing Stress and Increasing Resilience

Stress and Resilience

  • Stress is a physiological reaction to internal or external stressors. Stress impacts almost every bodily system and influences how people think and act. This mind-body response influences mental health, physical health, and quality of life (APA, 2020).
  • Stress is a normal reaction to stressors and everyday life. Stress is not a “bad” thing. Stress is a response that helps our bodies meet our needs.
  • When stress is unpredictable and persists at high levels over longer periods of time it is often referred to as chronic stress or toxic stress. This type of stress has negative effects on our physical and mental wellness. 
  • Resilience is adapting and growing through life’s difficulties and challenges. 
    • Factors that increase resilience and help to navigate stress include:
      • Social supports and a sense of safety/belonging
      • Healthy sleep schedules
      • Balanced nutrition and adequate hydration
      • Physical activity and movement
      • Keep a growth mindset
      • Reach out for help


What Else Can I Do?

If you would like assistance getting help for yourself or you would like to refer your child, student or friend for professional services, reach out to your school student services offices for additional support and information.

Community Resource

Great Rivers 211

Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist.