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Managing your stress

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Everyone experiences stress at some time or another. It might be caused by problems at school or work, relationships with friends, siblings or parents, moving to a new place, or a traumatic event.

Stress can affect people in different ways:
  • have you become sad, angry, or anxious
  • have you started to lack of confidence in yourself or in other important figures in your life
  • are you avoiding other people especially close friends or family
  • are you finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning
  • do you have an upset stomach or cramps
  • do you get tension headaches or knots in your neck or shoulders
  • are you having problems eating or sleeping
You probably can’t get rid of stress, so how do you manage it?

Challenge the causes

  • Try and identify the things causing you stress and challenge them if you can
  • Is it a person or people causing you stress? Try and talk to them about their behaviour
  • If you are a young teenager you may be experiencing hormonal stress from puberty, talk to an older sibling or your parents about what you are feeling
  • Keep a stress diary each night and record the things that seemed to cause you stress during the day

Challenge yourself

  • Express yourself – draw, write, play music
  • Exercise – walk, run, cycle, walk the dog, join a gym, play a sport
  • Avoid harmful behaviours like drugs, cigarettes and alcohol and situations where you might be put under peer pressure
  • Talk to someone – don't be afraid to ask a friend or your parents to listen or call a support line if you want confidental support
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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.


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