Stress and Anxiety

On a day to day basis most people live their lives worrying about one thing or another and most of the time these problems and worries can usually be sorted quickly and forgotten about. However for some people these anxieties are relentless and just keep coming back or never leave their mind at all. This can lead to stress and anxiety.

Do you think you might be stressed?

If you think you might be stressed it is important to understand why, so you can seek help before the stress becomes uncontrollable and leads to depression.

 

Do any of the problems below relate to you?

 

  • You don’t feel like eating
  • You’re eating more than usual
  • You can’t relax
  • You’re not sleeping well
  • You have become bad tempered
  • You feel like your crying much more than usual
  • You constantly have an upset tummy
  • You’re seeing changes in your normal behaviour
  • Your body feels stiff, particularly in your neck and shoulders

 

If the answer is YES to at least three of the above you could be feeling a little stressed or worried about something that’s happening in your life, try and relax and figure out the problem so you can try to fix it.

 

If you have answered YES to between four and six of the above you need to talk to someone you know about how you are feeling and explain what it is that’s worrying you so they can help you find a solution.

 

If you have answered YES to between seven and nine of the above you must seek help immediately, these problems can lead to bigger issues if you don’t fix them and cause you problems long term. Speak to an adult you trust or a professional who can give you the advice and support you need.

 

Find your outlet

Everyone has different outlets that help reduce or maintain their stress and anxieties. An outlet is an activity or task that helps you feel calm, relaxed and happy, whilst channeling away your problems. Keep trying different things to see which outlet suits you best!

 

 

What could your outlet be?

 

  • Going for a walk
  • Taking a long bath
  • Playing with the family pet
  • Listening to some music
  • Playing games with friends
  • Getting creative
  • Taking on a challenge
  • Cooking and baking

 

Helpful tip: Ask if your school is a HeadStart School – they may have professional people for you to talk to and give you the help and support you need.