Stress can be caused by anything. Whether it be something big going on at home or in school, to not understanding a question on your math homework. The main stress that I know of is stress over school, not necessarily exams although that is usually a part of it.
Stress can affect you in many ways for example it could cause procrastination. If you’re unfamiliar with procrastination, it means to put off doing something you have to do by doing something else, which can be a very easy thing to do in times of stress.
I personally get stressed about are things such as school and friendship issues if they arise. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and if things aren’t in order or aren’t going as planned I usually get a bit stressed. I’ve also come to discover that the feeling also comes up when I can’t control something, and sometimes along with a bit of anxiety. For an example of a recent event, I went to Croatia on holiday and I’m usually fine with travelling on planes, and since this was the first time I was going on a plane in a few years, I was confident that I wouldn’t be too nervous and would focus on comforting my mum. Little did I realise I was wrong. I made it through most of the airport waiting until the last half hour before I started to feel a little jittery. My stomach was knotted and my chest felt clenched. My mum was calming me down and said that it’s okay to not be in control because there’s nothing I really am in control of. She said it’s nothing worth stressing about if there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s when I realised my stress can be caused by lack of control. It’s a difficult feeling to rid of but once it’s gone it’s a huge weight off your shoulders.
If you are someone who has been diagnosed with anxiety you are likely a lot more susceptible to stress, which is okay! It’s okay and completely normal to feel stressed.
My advice for stress is to sit back while thinking about it. Take a step out of your shoes and try to organise everything that’s stressing you out, whether that be in your head or writing it down on some paper maybe make a to do list. The next thing you can do is number them from what’s most important to least important. So say you were stressing over too much homework, label the stuff you struggle with first and the work you find easier to work with last. This will give you some sort of order and way to work around all of the tasks running around in your head. It’s a very easy way to lay out all of the important things and to think about them individually rather than all at once.
Secondly, it's important that you know that you can ask for help. If there’s someone you’re close to that’s willing to help you overcome the issues you’re stressing about, it’s some of the weight off your shoulders and support is always a nice feeling in stressful situations.
Although this article was short, I hope it helped in some way. Remember you’re the best version of yourself. Thank you for reading.
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