We learn to deal with stress from our parents and caregivers, who model coping strategies for us. Some are better role models than others.
List three people in your life who you see as role models and briefly describe how each deals with stressful situations.
Think of a recent stressful situation. How did you respond? How would your role models respond to the same situation?
Stress can be good. It can lead to high output, increase your focus/concentration, you become more aware of your surroundings, become competitive and it can help you to achieve good marks at school.
Excessive stress can however cause problems if you don’t cope with it effectively. It can reduce concentration, make it hard to sleep, affect your ability to be safe, and affect your appetite. It can cause irritability, over reactions to normal problems, self-blame, tearfulness, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Physical responses to stress include accelerated heartbeat, cold feet and hands, tight muscles, tense shoulders, a pressure headache, dry mouth, clammy hands and or stomach or bowel problems.
An unstable home environment,
parental conflict or divorce,
family money problems,
medical appointments and therapy,
changes in routine,
sickness (self/family members)
changes in relationships,
incontinence (bowel and bladder),
family member diagnosed with terminal illness
distressing world events
and so on.
Trying to fit in,
being teased or bullied,
pressure to perform academically,
dealing with learning difficulties,
not getting along with teachers,
inability to communicate,
changes in routine.
Pressure to perform
too many bosses
Everyone has little tricks that they do to help relax and deal with stress in their lives. Some people find that music helps them relax. Some read, or do puzzles. Others watch movies or mindless television. Sports, and being active is a great way to reduce stress. Find that thing that helps you to take care of yourself.