When you worry a lot
about something that means you’re stressed, or you’re stressed out.
Lots of things can cause this; school and exam pressure, being
bullied, family problems or when someone you love is ill or
People cope with stress
in different ways. You might feel everything’s getting on top of
you and it can really help to have someone to talk to about things.
Have a break from revision such as having fun with friends, a visit
to the cinema or a local youth club.
If you think you are stressed you may:
- Have a headache, upset stomach or skin
- Fell anxious and irritable
- Be unable to sleep at night even though you
feel tired during the day.
- Want to cry a lot.
- Not want to eat or want to eat more than
- Feel you have no control and are
What should you do?
If your parents/carers
are putting pressure on you to do well in exams, talk to them about
how this is making you feel. Remember that they’re only trying to
encourage you and might not see that they’re making you
Take a deep breath and
walk away from the thing that’s stressing you out, even if it’s
only for a few minutes.
Eat a healthy diet and
try to get enough sleep.
Don’t smoke or drink to
cope with stress. It’ll just make you feel worse.
If you’re really anxious,
it can make it hard to cope. You must get help if you feel so bad
you think about skipping school, running away, taking an overdose,
self-harming, or if you feel that life is not worth living. If you
are really stressed-out see your Doctor, school councillor or even
the school nurse.
You can also contact your doctor or pastoral worker at
school to discuss this issue.
Keeping Children and Young People
safe is everybodies business.