Do you have difficulty concentrating or have racing thoughts?
Do you feel constantly worried, anxious or scared?
Do you lack self-confidence?
Do you have trouble sleeping and feel generally tired?
How we can help…
Whilst stress is something that everyone experiences you may find that you are experiencing high volumes of stress consistently. If so, then it may be useful to consider making some changes to your lifestyle in the way of stress management. Whilst in short bursts stress can be positive and motivational, in the long term, it can have a detrimental effect on your well-being.
Stress – Adults
- Headaches and dizziness.
- Aches or pains.
- Muscle tension.
- Digestive difficulties or stomach problems.
- Tightness or pain in your chest.
- Faster heartbeat.
- Sexual problems.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Struggle to make decisions.
- Overwhelmed and unable to cope.
- Constantly worrying.
- Becoming forgetful.
- Irritable and snappy.
- Sleeping more than usual or experiencing sleep disturbances.
- Eating more than usual or not eating enough.
- Avoiding certain places or people.
- Beginning to smoke or drink more than normal.
Stress – Young People
Many young people experience stress. Adolescence is a transitional life stage where a young person moves from childhood into young adulthood. Throughout this developmental period, the young person begins a process of individuation. This is where they gradually start to separate from their parents/carers and develop their own identity and values. This process can be stressful for both parent and child. There may be disagreements and challenging negotiations related to newfound freedoms. Parents/carers may also struggle with their children ‘leaving the nest’ and find it difficult to adjust to being at home without them.
As a person moves from childhood into their teenage years a greater emphasis is placed on friendships. Fitting in with other young people becomes incredibly important for some teenagers and many find that they struggle with peer pressure. The NHS defines peer pressure as “pressure that your friends and the people you know, put on you to do something you don’t want to do or don’t feel ready to do”. In the current climate of social media, young people are in constant contact with their peers. Not only do they spend most of their time with them whilst at school, but they also continue to communicate into the night when they get home. This can add to the pressure that a young person may feel to fit in and partake in activities they do not feel comfortable with or ready for.
Exam pressure is another form of stress for many young people. A young person may feel tired, confused or worried that they won’t do well. It is perfectly normal for young people to feel worried before an exam and, indeed, the optimum amount of anxiety can be a good thing as it enhances performance. However, too much anxiety or stress can be debilitating and inhibit a young person’s ability to perform. This can leave a young person in a state of panic or feeling as though their mind has gone blank. There are many things that can be done to manage exam-related anxiety and stress. These interventions can enable young people to perform to the best of their abilities in exams.