People feel stressed when they feel like the demands or pressures on them are more than what they can cope with. Everyone feels stressed at times. You may feel under pressure, worried, tense, upset, sad, and angry – or maybe a mixture of uncomfortable feelings. These feelings can be entirely normal, but sometimes stress can get too much and can even trigger a mental illness. Sometimes people try to ‘block out’ stress by using drugs or alcohol. This makes things worse in the long run.
It is important to get help if stress is getting too much or you are using drugs or alcohol to try and cope.
There are many reasons why you might feel stressed. For example:
Stress can be even worse if your family is breaking up, someone close to you is ill or dies, or if you are being physically or sexually abused.
People vary in the amount that they get stressed by things - you may find that you get very stressed out by exams, but your friends don’t seem bothered!
Positive events can also be stressful! For example starting a new college or going to university. Many people need a little bit of stress to give them the “get up and go” to do things that are important to them.
Stress can affect different people in different ways. Stress can affect your body and your feelings. Some of the effects are listed below:
Effects on your body:
Effects on your feelings:
There are several things that you can do to help yourself cope.
Sometimes stress gets on top of you, especially when the situation causing the stress goes on and on and the problems just seem to keep building up. You can feel trapped, as if there is no way out and no solution to your problems. If you feel like this, it is important to get help.
Signs that stress is getting too much and that you should get help: