Dealing With Stress
Stress is a very common issue to experience. Almost everyone experiences stress, no matter what their age. Many factors can cause stress and it may be hard sometimes to find a way to deal with it.
Stress is a feeling of strain or tension when dealing with demanding or challenging situations. You may not know it but you may suffer from stress quite a lot in your day-to-day life. Whether you have a big exam coming up or you’re having a particularly hard week at school, the uncomfortable and somewhat drained feeling you experience is likely to be stress.
A lot of people experience stress daily and confiding in your carer or a trusted friend might actually help you feel a bit better – it isn’t ever anything to be ashamed of or to feel embarrassed about.
So now that you understand what stress is, you might find that you have experienced it from time to time or that you are currently experiencing stress. There are lots of methods which can help to reduce stress. A few examples are:
- Getting enough sleep
- Breathing exercises
- Not over thinking too much – try to be optimistic!
- Solve smaller problems first before tackling the bigger and scarier ones
- Talking to your carer or a friend about it
- Re-evaluating your schedule to make sure you’re not over exerting yourself
- Don’t try to be perfect – you will only put pressure on yourself