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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 13:32

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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