Are you feeling stressed out?
Everyone can feel stressed when they feel like the demands on them are more than what they can cope with. You may feel sad, upset, worried, nervous, or angry – or maybe a mixture of these feelings. Sometimes people try to manage their stress by using drugs or alcohol. This only makes things worse in the long run.
It is important to get help if stress is getting too much or you are using drugs or alcohol to try and manage things. Speak to your GP if it is getting hard coping or if you are using drugs and/or alcohol alot.
What causes stress?
There are many reasons why you might feel stressed. For example:
- School/college work piling up
- Being bullied
- Arguments with family or friends.
- Poor sleep
- Parents splitting up
What ever your reasons for feeling stressed out, it is very important that you look at what is causing it and try to get help before it causes much bigger problems.
Remember that not everyone gets stressed about the same things. – you may find that you get very stressed out by college work, but your friends don’t seem bothered!
Stress can affect different people in different ways. Stress can affect your body and your feelings. Some of the effects are listed below:
Effects on your body:
- feeling tired
- sleep problems
- not wanting to eat or eating more than you usually do
- stomach aches and headaches
- aches and pains in your neck and shoulders.
Effects on your feelings:
- feeling sad
- feeling that you are useless
- feeling irritable, losing your temper easily
- finding it hard to keep your mind on school work.
If you are affected by any of these things listed above then there are things you can do to make things seem easier.
- Talk to somebody you trust and try to work out how to tackle the problems that are causing your stress.
- Make a list of all the things in your life that are making you feel stressed– write them down on a piece of paper. Then take each one in turn and list all the things you could do to tackle it. This is called problem solving. This can help you prioritise whats important. Problems look easier to deal with one at a time than in a big jumble in your head!
- Take a break – do something that you really enjoy.
- Do something relaxing, for example take a hot bath or watch a film.
- Do some exercise.
- Don’t suffer on your own and spend time with family and friends. Feeling alone can make stress harder to deal with.
You could also make simple changes to your lifestyle that can really have a positive effect on our stress levels. Visit the Young Minds Website for more information on how to make small changes that can help you feel better.
Some people may begin to self harm as a way to cope when they are feeling stressed. If you are affected this way click this link.
If you want to chat online with someone about anything that’s worrying you click here to use the Childline chat that works like MSN messenger. This is for young people up to and including 19 years old.