Coping with stress
Most people feel stress at some time during their lives. Stress in itself is not necessarily a bad thing - but it can cause problems for people who get over-stressed or do not know what it is, or how to cope with it.
Stress becomes a problem when it builds up over time or if a period of major stress occurs which we may find difficult to deal with. People can feel stressed when they have a lot of work to do; - for example at exam time. Major life changes such as going to University or moving house can also cause a lot of stress. Health, relationships, money worries and other aspects of our lives can also contribute to our levels of stress.
How to cope when you're under stress
Learn to recognise when you are feeling under stress, so that you can take steps to feeling better.
Set yourself goals and be realistic.
Make lists and tick things off. Try breaking your work into a list of individual problems in order to make each one more manageable.
Eat a balanced diet. Try and eat well and drink loads of water. Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential to boost energy and water helps your body function.
Get enough sleep.
Take regular exercise . Physical activity will help you to work off the stress and feel a lot better afterwards .
Try to think positively rather than expecting the worst.
Get out and about and do different things - it will help take your mind off the things causing you stress. .
Spend time socialising, talking and laughing with friends.
Learn to say no. Don't allow family and friends to pressure you into doing something you don't want to do or don't have time to do,
Talk to someone about how you are feeling - family, friends, Personal Adviser, counsellor or a helpline
For more information
Childline UK is a free 24 hour helpline for young people who are having difficulties. You can call them on 0800 1111 - please keep trying if lines are busy!
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You can call them on 08457 909090.
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