Have you ever felt like things are getting on top of you? Perhaps, you have too much homework, you are worried about exams, or there are problems at home. You feel anxious. You struggle to sleep. You get headaches.
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, and it will soon pass.
However, if you spend most of your time being stressed, this can be bad for you. 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. Always remember that if things still feel like too much, you can always talk to an adult about how you are feeling.
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The BBC explains where stress comes from, and gives more tips for managing it.
- Complete this one-minute meditation for reducing stress. How did you feel afterwards? Did it work?
- Create a poster for Stress Awareness Month which gives advice on how to cope with stress.