Stress Awareness Month


Stress can be exhausting, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. Since stress is a normal part of human existence, nobody is immune to it. It is important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognize when stress rears its ugly head. Stress Awareness Month has been recognized every April since 1992. What is stress? We all experience stress,  yet we may experience it in very different ways. Because of this, there is no single definition for stress, but the most common explanation is a physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. Stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels anxious or threatened. Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the proper care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms. Common reactions to a stressful event can include disbelief, shock, numbness, feeling sad, frustrated, helplessness, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, headaches, back pains, stomach problems, smoking, or the use of alcohol or drugs. Taking the time to practice self-care can prove most beneficial when combating the stress brought on by CAASPP testing. Wondering how the juniors are coping with the CAASPP? Look for the “How are you coping with the CAASPP testing?” interview.