One Chicago’s 5 most stressed characters

CHICAGO MED -- "Born This Way" Episode 312 -- Pictured: Rachel DiPillo as Sarah Reese -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Born This Way" Episode 312 -- Pictured: Rachel DiPillo as Sarah Reese -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — Season: 5 — Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead — (Photo by: James Dimmock/NBC) /

5. Jay Halstead

As a member of one of the toughest unit’s in Chicago, Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) has had to deal with some of the toughest situations known to man. From taking down gang members to catching rapists and kidnappers, Jay has seen it all. Being a policeman is tough enough, but being a policeman on the Intelligence Unit is even worse. They take on some of the toughest cases in Chicago, putting themselves and their family in life or death situations on a regular basis.

They handle the worst Chicago has to offer and, like most first responders, suffer from the effects in the aftermath. Having been a trained Army marksman in the past, Jay has seen and been through a lot, so it comes as no surprise that he can get stressed or worked up fairly easily. He has one of the most difficult jobs that comes with a lot of risks and, eventually, it catches up.

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Not only has he got his own struggles to deal with in the form of his job, he also has a brother to look out for and family can cause all sorts of drama when you’re not expecting it. Jay’s younger brother, Doctor Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), also sees a fair amount of drama on his end, and being a doctor comes with its own dangers. Jay would do anything to protect his family so his brother being at risk is likely to put a huge strain on his emotional and mental state.

There isn’t much Jay could do in terms of limiting his stress levels seeing how he is doing the job he loves despite the price it comes with. However, perhaps Jay could take up some relaxing workout routines, such as yoga or even Pilates! Just a nice, calming workout after work rather than going to bed and sleeping on it or pumping iron in a gym. All that testosterone is only going to make matters worse, nothing a good, relaxing workout won’t fix. Perhaps he could do it in a leotard.