Stress

Does it ever feel like things are getting too much? Perhaps it is homework, exams or issues at home. Whatever the cause, you feel anxious, irritable and like you are struggling to cope. You might even get headaches or struggle to sleep.

In other words, you are stressed.

Do not panic — you are not alone. Everyone suffers from stress from time to time; it is a normal way for your body to react to difficult situations.

However, if you suffer from stress long-term, this can have serious consequences. Too much stress has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and a weaker immune system.

This is why the World Health Organisation has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century”. (An “epidemic” is a widespread disease or health problem.)

April is Stress Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to think about ways of coping with stress.

The NHS recommends that you start with small steps. Take some time out of your day to relax. Make sure you keep exercising, which will help to reduce stress. Eat healthy foods. If things still feel like too much, remember that you can always talk to an adult about how you are feeling.

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Assembly

This helpful video explains where stress comes from, and gives more tips for managing stress.

Activities

  1. As a class, complete this one-minute meditation for reducing stress. Discuss how you feel afterwards. Did it work?
  2. Noticing what makes you stressed is one of the most useful ways of managing your stress in future situations. Write a list of the five things that are most likely to make you feel stressed and a practical solution for each.