National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Pay attention to stress. Tools are available to help you manage and reduce your stress.
If you are having difficulty coping with the demands of your life, you are experiencing stress. Everyone has stress. While some challenge in life is healthy, too much stress can create problems.
If you are overly stressed for too long, that stress can put your health at risk. Many people have experienced increased and prolonged stress related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For help with COVID-related stress, you can find resources at: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/MENTALHEALTH/coronavirus/
If you have too much stress, your body will let you know in different ways, and you may:
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Feel worried and fearful
- Feel “wound up”— with sweaty palms, pounding heart, and tense muscles
- Feel irritable toward others
- Feel tired
If you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text 838255 or chat online at: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
There are many things you can do to better manage your stress, and many resources to help you. You will find a variety of stress management strategies to help you better problem solve, relax and be more mindful, express yourself, manage your time, think positively, be more physically active, and plan pleasant activities in both the Manage Stress Workbook and the resources below.
Your VA health care team can also help you manage stress. They can provide information, refer you to classes, and suggest stress-management tools, such as the PTSD Coach, COVID Coach, and Mindfulness Coach mobile apps that are available at: https://mobile.va.gov/appstore.
Additional help for problem-solving, anger management, parenting, and sleep is available at: https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/aims/index.asp.
- VHA Mental Health Services:
- Manage Stress Workbook:
- Veterans Health Library: