We all encounter some form of stress. You might feel anxious about your schoolwork or social life, your work commitments or family expectations. Feeling stressed is your body’s way of protecting itself from emotional or physical pressure, or in extreme situations, danger. A little bit of stress can be good for you. It can push you to meet deadlines or do better. When too much stress builds up however, it can have a serious impact on your mood, your health and your ability to get things done.

Strike a balance – learn to say no! You’re alright – it’s ok to make mistakes now and then!

Slow down and recharge • Take a walk • Meditate • Have a digital detox (Walk away from your device!)

Look after YOU • Don’t skip meals

• Drink plenty of water • Get a good night sleep • Exercise regularly

A problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to a friend, your parents, a teacher or a counsellor. © COPYRIGHT TMP

Signs that stress is taking over • Feeling anxious or restless • Moody and frustrated • Trouble concentrating • Feel like crying all the time • Difficulty sleeping • Headaches and stomach aches • Loss of appetite

• Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 • Lifeline – 13 11 14 • Beyondblue Support Service – 1300 22 4636

• youthbeyondblue.com • lifeline.org.au

• kidshelp.com.au • headspace.org.au • reachout.com

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