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Lincoln – Stress is everywhere these days – but it's toxic for your health, both mental and physical.
“In today's world, it's natural to feel stress – but it can be harmful to your health in the long run," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Investing in your own mental health by practicing self-care is critical, because there is no health without mental health."
When are you most likely to experience toxic stress?
Symptoms may include:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers valuable tips for dealing with stress:
Need someone to talk to? The Nebraska Family Helpline, (888) 866-8660, is supervised by licensed mental health professionals who can help callers connect to services. Visiting the Network of Care website, http://portal.networkofcare.org/sites/Nebraska, can also help Nebraskans access services. Other valuable numbers to keep on hand are the Rural Response Hotline, (800) 464-0258, and the Nebraska Family Helpline, (888) 866-8660.