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STRESS

Am I stressed?

Stress. You hear the word all the time, but how do you know if you are actually stressed, or more importantly, if you should do something about it?

Well fortunately for us, some smart people, somewhere in the world, have found the physical, emotional and mental signs of being stressed. You could be stressed if:

There’s a heavy feeling in your chest, your heart is beating faster or there is a pain in your chest.

You have shoulder, neck or back pain, general body aches and pains.

You have a headache.

You’re grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw.

You’re feeling out of breath.

You’re feeling dizzy.

You’re feeling tired, or really low.

You’re losing or gaining weight; changes in your eating habits.

You’re sleeping more or less than usual.

You have an upset stomach, diarrhoea or constipation.


You’re being more emotional than usual.

You’re feeling overwhelmed or on edge.

You’re having trouble keeping track of things or remembering.

You finding it hard making decisions, solving problems, concentrating, getting your work done.


You don’t have to relate all of these to be stressed, you could just relate to one or two. Also, stress can feel intense, or it can feel like it is barely there at all. If you are feeling overwhelmed and you feel like you need help, there are some numbers at the bottom of this page you can call for assistance.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

My Anxious Mind by Katherine A. Martinez and Michael A. Tompkins
Tackle stress head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. My Anxious Mind offers ways for you to improve their inter-personal skills, whether it be with friends, family, or teachers.

Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp
This book talks about pressures and problems you might experience and show you life skills, stress management, and methods of gaining more control over your life.

Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings by Mary Lamia, PhD
Thia will help you understand your emotions and who you are, how you appear to others, and what you can be. While your emotional life may feel out of control, your emotions are valuable. It's time to figure just what your emotions are telling you!

Great
Films

Mulan
Young Mulan is sad to learn that her weak father must join the army to fight in the war. she dresses herself as a man and joins the army in his place.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie is an introvert. When he moves to a new school he has to face his fear: making new friends

Surf's Up
All Cody Maverick wants to do is surf. But no one he knows gets that. So, he travels from Antarctica to Pen Gu Island hoping to win the Big Z Memorial Surf Off.

Spotify

Here is a playlist you might enjoy, or even bring you some comfort when you are not feeling so great.

Would you like to get inspired about your life?

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