Positive Thinking Overcoming Stress Stress is the way you react - both positive and negative, both physically and emotionally to change. Some of the most common things that a young person tends to stress over include Exams, Tests, Relationship break-ups, Family problems and or school or uni difficulties. Stress can be good - it can be an adrenalin rush that keeps our bodies functioning but Ongoing stress can affect your health and well-being, Therefore you should.... LEARN TO MANAGE STRESS AND GAIN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE! Stress symptoms include: Having trouble concentrating, having trouble making decisions, not speaking clearly, tightness of muscles, feeling tired, feeling like you are rushed, feeling flustered, headaches, sweating & nausea, lack of appetite, disturbed sleep, feeling irritable or bad tempered, feeling very emotional, feel that others are to blame & feel that others "dont care" Unresolved Stress can lead to: Liver disease, Heart Disease, Backache, Headaches, Obesity, Diabeties, Depression, Insomnia, Heat Attack, Stroke, Lowered Immunity, Inability to Concentrate, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and an increased risk of accidents. BREAKING THE STRESS CYCLE 1. Recognise that you are stressed Sometimes people dont even realise that they are stressed. Others know deep down but deny it. You must say to yourself I am Stressed and I want to do something about it! 2. Get to know what gets you stressed Take notice of when, where and why you feel stressed 3. Reduce things that make you stressed If work makes you stressed ask for less hours, If homework makes you stressed have a break, If your friends make you stressed have some time out 4. Increase Relaxation and Positive Activities Do things that make yourself feel good or relaxed There are many ways to deal with and manage stress: BECOME ORGANISED Make a study timetable and use a diary. If you have a lot of things to do - you may find it usefull to write a list and mark them off as you do them HAVE A BREAK Make sure you have time to relax. Take up yoga, Get a massage, Have a nap. During study, have a break every now and again - watch some tv, listen to music or give a friend a call. SMILE Smiling not only makes you look good but it can also have a huge affect on your mood. As they say "Smile and the whole world will smile back at you" PAMPER YOURSELF Do something for yourself that you enjoy or that makes you feel good. Take a long bubble bath or go for a long walk. GET MOVING Dont make excuses! remember that exercise improves your wellbeing so get out there. Even just a 15 min walk twice a week will help.