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Feeling stressed

  • I know I'm doing too much but its hard to slow down

  • My whole body feels tense. Its hard to relax.

  • I sometimes have to make myself breathe more slowly

  • I wake up a lot in the night worrying about stuff that I need to do

  • I find it hard to say 'No' but then can't get it all done

  • I am freaking out about exams. Can't focus

  • I need to chill

  • When I've got loads on I need to spend more time doing less

  • I like to be busy. Sometimes I don't know when to stop

  • I feel so stressed - there's so much pressure about exams

  • I hate making mistakes. I put a lot of pressure on myself

  • I've noticed I always leave things to the last minute

  • I want things to be perfect so I put off finishing them cos I always think they could be better

  • I get a lot of headaches when I'm under pressure

  • When am I going to learn to slow down?


Remember a little stress is good for you

Stress is a normal physical response to life's challenges. It sharpens your concentration and gets you ready for action. When you respond to danger – real or imagined – the body's defences kick into gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the 'fight-or-flight' reaction. It floods your body with hormones which make you more alert and able to react. In other words, stress gives you extra strength to defend yourself. But too much stress, which goes on too long, and without letting up, stops being helpful. It can damage your health, your mood, your ability to cope, your relationships, and your quality of life.

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