Stress comes in all forms, but as we learned in the last year, the pandemic adds another layer. We all had to make adjustments to our lives, whether it’s changing how we work, adding masks to our wardrobes, or not being able to gather with family and friends. So yes, we’re all stressed, but how do you know if it’s impacting your health? The CDC recommends you do an internal assessment and see if you’re experiencing these symptoms:

· Feeling irritation, anger, or in denial

· Feeling uncertain, nervous, or anxious

· Lacking motivation

· Feeling tired, overwhelmed, or burned out

· Feeling sad or depressed

· Having trouble sleeping

· Having trouble concentrating

To combat this stress, there are a few things you can do. First, identify what you have control over and do the best you can with the resources you have. Next, don’t underestimate the value of a daily routine. Most importantly, take a break from watching, reading or hearing about news. Finally, pick up the phone and connect with others.


If you find yourself misusing alcohol or other drugs as a means of coping, you can reach out to your physician for actionable next steps.


Take time to manage stress and keep focusing on your mental health in 2021. If you need help, don’t forget our EAP offers free assistance. You can access the RNDC EAP If you’re in the West Region, go to