Dealing with Stress

Stress and you

Life is full of things that worry us or make us upset but constant worrying is not good for you and it is important that you know how to look after yourself when you are feeling stressed. Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, some examples of changes you might notice are:


  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Not wanting to see or talk to people
  • Getting angry with yourself or other people
  • Not enjoying doing things that you normally find fun
  • Worrying about the future


  • Feeling sick and needing to go to the loo more than usualstress.jpgstress.jpg
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Problems with your sleep
  • Having aching muscles or a sore head
  • Crying easily

A particularly stressful time in a teenager’s life is during exams. It is really easy for course work and homework to get on top of you and with the added pressure of trying to get good grades it is really important to try and stay calm.

Tips to fight exam stress

  • Plan revision timetables and don’t leave everything to the last minute. Speak to your pupil support if you need help doing this.
  • Find somewhere quiet to study, if you can’t do this at home you can go to the Library or use the computers next to the Library at the Learning Centre in Lerwick . All schools should offer study areas, to find out about these speak to your pupil support teacher.
  • Get help! Speak to your parents or a teacher if you are struggling with something, you might even be able to get some extra tuition.
  • Take regular breaks. Wind down and do something you enjoy, it will help you to concentrate when you get back to studying.

General stress tips

  • Get active. Do something you enjoy, be it on your own or with friends.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Talk to people, it is so important to have at least one person you can speak to honestly about your feelings.
  • Relax! Do something that you know makes you feel relaxed. Some people like to listen to music or go for a bath. For breathing an muscle relaxation follow this link