Find out more about stress and why you might feel this way...
Stress is not just in your head, it can cause physical changes in your body, changes in your behaviour and/ or feelings. Stress is actually designed to help you manage threats or difficulties and sometimes a little stress is helpful. For example, when sitting an exam, but it's only helpful when you can manage it.
Click through to find out more about stress and how to manage it.
Everyone experiences stress differently, pick out your own symptoms from the lists above. Understanding them is the first step to managing them. Scroll below to learn more about stress.
Find out how others manage their stress and how you can help yourself.
Although stress itself isn’t a mental health condition, it can cause health difficulties if it isn’t managed properly.
A small amount of stress can be helpful and can give us the kick we need to get things done! Too much, however, can leave us feeling really tired, sad or overwhelmed.
Take a look at the zones below to work out what level of stress you’re feeling.
Which zone are you in at the moment?
Stress can also lead to anxiety, if you think this is the case for you, you can also take a look at our anxiety page here.
It all started when I had some exams coming up at school. I began having trouble sleeping and then I would get really nervous in the morning before school. It was all I could think about but I couldn’t even concentrate on my work because of how restless I felt. It started to affect other parts of my life too, like my relationships with my friends. I didn’t want to go out with them because I couldn’t focus on anything else. Eventually, I told my dad which took a big weight off my shoulders. He helped me realise that the thing I was stressed about was just one part of my life. He encouraged me to take some time out to relax away from revision and that really helped manage the stress. We also looked at how we could create a routine for revision, so that it felt more manageable. This helped me feel more in control and more able to relax outside of revision time.
- Alannah, 15
We have put together a few useful resources on how to help with stress.
If you’re not sure what is causing you to feel stressed, try to keep a log and note down events and feelings. Try to answer the following questions and then rate your stress from 0-10.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, try to take a short break from what you are doing. Try and get some fresh air or go somewhere quiet. Focus on your breathing or distract yourself with a podcast or by messaging a friend. Sometimes getting out of the situation can help you to feel calmer.
Asking for help from others can really make a difference to how stressed you feel. Sometimes just talking about how you feel can help. If you are worried about talking to friends, look for someone else you trust either at home or school.
Often when you feel stressed it can feel like everything is going wrong and that you don’t have any control. At times like this it’s easy to jump to worst case scenarios for everything. For example, “I have to finish this work or everyone will be really angry.” Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and check whether these thoughts are true. It can be really helpful to talk this through with another person so that they can help you think about whether the worst case scenario is likely to happen.