Posted: 07 November 2019

National Stress Awareness Week: 7 top tips for coping with stress

Growing up in today's society can be stressful for many young people. Families living in poverty feel the strain of financial pressure, young people in education are under constant pressure to achieve, and on top of that, there are social pressures which affect everyone differently. 

It's important we are able to acknowledge and deal with the stress brought on by modern pressures. That's why, this National Stress Awareness Week, we're sharing with you our top tips for dealing with stress.

Everyone is different but here are some common methods people use to cope with stress. 

Top tips for dealing with stress

Get active

Taking a bit of time out to exercise can be a useful method of relieving stress. The type of exercise depends on you but walking and swimming help a lot of people with their mental well-being. 

Talk it through

Meeting up with friends and sharing stories is a good way to get things off the chest. They may offer some good advice, which will help you see things in a different way and relieve your stress. You might also consider talking to your GP or someone trained to help. 

Plan your downtime

Blocking out a few hours for relaxing is really important to make sure you get the rest you need. It's too easy to stretch those study/work hours but if you've got some 'me time' booked in, it's easier to stick to it. Be realistic about your workload and seek help if things get too much. 

Keep achieving 

It's important you don't let stress affect other areas of your life. Keep learning new things, building confidence and you will become more emotionally resilient and able to deal with stress. 

Be healthy

Staying healthy or at least not relying on unhealthy habits as a coping mechanism will help you deal with stress in the long run. For example, eating well and getting a good night's rest will give your body and mind more of a chance of coping with pressure. 

Stay positive

Don't be too hard on yourself and try to remember that stressful experiences are a fact of life. Think of the positives; things that went for you, or things you have to look forward to. 

Be mindful

Many people find meditation and breathing exercises useful tools for coping with stress. There are various apps like Calm that can help you if you're not too sure where to start. 

If you'd like to read more information and advice about the issues affecting young people today, please visit our resource vault.

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