March 4th, 2016

9 Ways of Tackling Stress

Feeling stressed is something every person feels at some point. Here’s a few things that might help.

1. Spend time with pals
Tell a trustworthy person how you’re feeling. A problem shared is a problem halved.

2. Be active
Running, jogging even walking can make you feel better. It won’t take away the problem but make you feel better.

3. Work out what is making you feel stressed
What is making you stressed: is it school? pals? work? the first step to feeling better is finding the cause.

4. Take control
If the root of the stress is an argument with your mum, can you calmly talk to her about it? If the stress is too much work at school, can you look at how to manage your time better? Sometimes taking control of the source of stress can help, sometimes it’s out of your hands.

4. DO YOU.
Spend some time without other people, doing what you want to do. Want to watch TV? Want to dye your hair? Want to watch football? Nobody does you better than you.

7. Challenge yourself
Setting yourself small challenges that are achievable and fun to complete is proven to combat and prevent stress over time. Tell yourself you’ll do a 5K, or learn a new skill, or read a particular book. You can do anything you put your mind to!

8. Avoid unhealthy habits
Don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping. Talk to Frank has more info drugs.

9. Help other people
But do you first! Research shows volunteering for a cause you believe in can make you feel happier. Giving clothes to a charity shop, helping out around the house, buying the Big Issue. Favours don’t cost you much, and will make you feel better.

10. Accept the things you can’t change
Some things are just tough aren’t they? But you are tough, there are some things you can’t change, and accepting that can help.

If it’s still getting you down, don’t hesitate to talk to your GP or call NHS 111.

Always talk to someone about how you’re feeling, someone you trust or a helpline, such as Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, for confidential, non-judgmental emotional support. Or ChildLine 0800 1111 to get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on their message boards.

We didn’t make this up on our own, here is the source: