Hey there, BCPS!
Since April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s a good time to evaluate your current stress level. Stress is an unavoidable, normal response to a change — even a positive change can be stressful.
Stress can manifest physically, such as:
- Aches and pains
- Muscle tension
- Digestive or sleeping issues
- High blood pressure
Stress can also manifest mentally in anxiety, depression, and irritability. These stress responses need to be managed with good amounts and types of sleep, food, and exercise. Saying “no” to extra responsibilities and “yes” to relaxing, healthy activities can also counter stress.
Maybe what you need is to slow down and decompress by:
- Limiting screen time. Try leaving your phone in the car when you meet a friend for lunch so you can give them your full attention. A small digital detox can pay off big.
- Cleaning out your social media accounts. You may have some social media clutter. Spend some time purging what you no longer find valuable.
- Resting. One word: naps!
- Getting fresh air. There’s something cleansing about being outside, even in the rain or snow.
- Exercising. If you can combine exercise with fresh air, all the better.
- Organizing. As you organize closets and drawers, find things to sell, donate, trade with a friend, or throw away. A break is a perfect time to purge physical clutter, too.
If you or a loved one experience difficult emotions as you slow down during Spring Break, you’re not alone and we're here to help! Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential care coordination service provided by Bullitt County Schools, can quickly find a mental health care or substance use treatment provider for you.
- Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
- Visit caresolace.com/bullitt and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
As a district, we are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you manage or cope with your stress.