You’re not alone! It is important to realise that everyone gets stressed sometimes.
There are many situations that can put us under pressure and make us feel stressed, sometimes you may feel stressed and not even know what about.
What's so bad about stress?
If you are feeling stressed out it can really play havoc with your emotions, you may feel angry, frustrated or depressed and find it really difficult to concentrate on things. You may find that stress is affecting your body too and that you’re getting headaches or stomach aches and finding it hard to relax or to fall asleep.
These things can really have an effect on you if you let it carry on, which is why it’s important to try and manage stress levels and to learn to cope with stress, but if you find the stress of life is becoming too much make sure that you talk to someone about how you are feeling – a parent, close friend or health professional.
Coping with stress
The following are a few tips to cope with stress:
- Do something you find relaxing such as having a bath or going for a walk
- Think about how you can solve the problem that is stressing you out
- Talk to a friend, family member, teacher, school nurse, health professional or helpline about how you are feeling and what is stressing you
- Make time to exercise
- Take part in hobbies you enjoy
- Spend time with people that make you feel comfortable
- Take deep breaths and walk away for five minutes when you get stressed
Always remember that you shouldn’t suffer in silence, you have people in your life that want to help you, let them. If you don’t think you can talk to someone close to you then contact a health professional who you can talk to confidentially about your problems.
Getting Help Locally
CAHMS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Kooth - Get real time help with friendly, qualified counsellors. Free, Safe and Anonymous.
MindYourWay - Mental health and wellbeing services for young people in Cornwall
National Support Websites
Rise Above - Here you’ll find great stress busting tips to help you out
Childline - Find out how to cope with exam stress
Need someone to talk to?
SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception
YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall
Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people
Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people
Kooth - free online support for young people
Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice