Manage Your Stress

About Stress

Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic. Or, it can last a long time if you're dealing with relationship problems, a spouse's death or other serious situations. Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life over an extended period.

Wellness Works encourages you to assess your stress to identify your current level of stress and to take five minutes out of your day to Address Your Stress (PDF) with proven stress reduction techniques. The assessment is anonymous, you will receive your stress score and its interpretation after completing the assessment.

Stress & Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them-without believing, for instance, that there's a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Learn more about some of these benefits, which extend across many different settings on the Greater Good website.

Employee Paid Chair Massage

Maricopa County offers employee-paid chair massages at multiple locations across the County. The cost for a 20-minute session is $18.00. Cash or check are accepted. Current locations include:

  • County Administration Building. 301 W. Jefferson St., Suite 160
    Weekly - Wednesdays | Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Department of Transportation. 2901 W. Durango | Monthly - Mondays | Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Air Quality / Environmental Services. 1001 N. Central Ave. | Monthly - Thursdays| Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Security Building. 234 N. Central Ave. | Monthly – Thursdays | Click here to schedule an appointment.

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain


Employee Benefits EAP / Behavioral Health

The Employee Benefits EAP / Behavioral Health page provides information about the Employee Assistance Program and Behavioral Health.