Dealing with stress
Find out more about identifying what's causing you stress and what you can do about it
The life of the average young person is a lot more stressful than it used to be. The pressures of jobs, body image, relationships and financial woes are just some of the issues we face on a daily basis. But all this and then school/college can sometimes be too much. Most people don’t realise how stressed they are until it is too late, so check out the common signs of too much stress. It is very important that stress is spotted early so something can be done about it.
What can you do about it?
You need to confront the problem and learn how to relax. Try to work out what is causing you to feel anxious. It’s really important not to let anxiety take over your life. Try to figure out what’s causing the stress and do something about it. If it’s caused by a situation you can’t control (bullying or family situation) talk to an adult you trust or a doctor. It might also help to talk to your friends and see if they’re going through the same problems.
Some tips to reduce stress:
- Recognise the signs of stress (talk to a doctor if you’re not sure what’s wrong).
- Have at least one good friend you can confide in.
- Express yourself through writing, sport, art, music, fashion etc. (It’s a great way to relieve tension).
- Handle life’s challenges one day at a time (Don’t spend all your time worrying about ‘tomorrow’).
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also a great way to tackle your stressors.
- Know and accept your strengths and weaknesses.
- Strive to change the source of stress and/or your reaction to it.
- Lots of people swear by Mindfulness as a tool to help them deal with stress. It takes a bit of practice but is a great way of dealing with stresses.
- Remember: alcohol won’t reduce stress; it will only make things worse when you have to deal with a mega hangover.