While positive or negative stress is a normal part of life, it doesn't have to rule your life or damage your health and well-being. Chronic stress can lead to physical and mental health issues.
As a first responder, or a loved one of a first responder, it's even more crucial for you to take good care of yourself holistically. When your body is healthy and strong, your mind will most likely be healthy as well. When your care for yourself psychologically and spiritual, you strengthen your resiliency.
Addressing stress is one of the first things you can do to keep yourself healthy on all levels. Don't feel guilty about taking care of yourself and sometimes putting your needs first. In order for you to care for others, you need to care for yourself first.
The Texas LODD Task Force has created a resource booklet on stress for first responders and their loved ones. You can find that resource by clicking here: Stress Management for First Responders and their Families.
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April is Stress Awareness Month and the Texas LODD Task Force strives to provide information and resources that will provide holistic health and wellness information for first responders and their loved ones.