Stress is a normal part of life. It can be caused by big or small events in your life. When stressors are affecting you, you can sometimes feel like it’s taking over—so it’s important to know how to deal with it so that you remain in control.
Stress is a natural feeling
Stress is your body’s natural response to pressure or a threat, and can make you feel tense, nervous or on edge. It can also cause your body to produce adrenaline, a hormone that makes your heart beat faster, gives you sweaty palms and can even make you feel a bit shaky.
Easy ways to cope
- Step away from social media, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.
- Exercise! Try to get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day!
- Eat a healthy snack, like fruits or veggies.
- Listen to your favorite music, or try out a new genre
- Write it out. You can even throw it away afterwards!
Know when it’s taking over
Two common mental health disorders that can be manifested from too much stress are anxiety and depression.
Anxiety disorders show in various ways, but they all have similar signs. Some of these signs are excessive amounts of fear, nervousness or worry. When anxiety becomes too much for someone, they may appear to be distracted, tense or always on alert. Signs of depression, meanwhile, include overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness or an overall lack of motivation. These feelings can last weeks, months or even years. People with depression may feel that things will never get better, and they may have suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, you should speak with a counselor or mental health professional as soon as possible. Or, simply call or visit the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com.
Have more questions about stress and mental health?
Have you ever felt incredibly sad for more than a few days, or felt on-edge and you didn’t know how to handle that feeling? You might have been feeling depression or anxiety. Neither of these conditions are fun or healthy—so we’re gonna share some tips to get you feeling better.
What is depression?
Depression is when you feel discouraged, sad, hopeless and/or disinterested in your life. You don’t feel like getting up, getting dressed, eating or moving around, and would rather stay in bed all day. You won’t want to hang out with your friends or family members like you usually do. These feelings can come and go, or they can be with you for a long time.
No one expects you to feel happy and full of energy every single day. But if you feel like this for more than 2 weeks, you should talk to an adult about how you’ve been feeling. They can help you talk through it, or connect you with a professional who can help.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is when you feel like you are “on edge” or full of panic. If you have an anxiety attack, your heart may start pounding and your breathing could get faster. You might feel sweaty or shaky. Your stomach might feel upset. You may even feel like the world is crashing down on you.
It’s normal to feel anxious on the first day of school or just before a big test—but if that anxiety is so strong that it prevents you from trying new things, then you should talk to an adult about it.
Can’t I just ignore these feelings and get better?
We don’t recommend that. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you fell and broke your leg, of course you would go to the doctor and get a cast! In the same way, if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you should talk with someone about your feelings and get help.
The thing is, issues like depression and anxiety are hard to see from the outside. That’s why it’s important for you to speak up and share your feelings with an adult that you trust.
Who can I talk to?
Are you feeling depressed, anxious or any other bad feelings, but you don’t have anyone to talk to? Call us at the Teen Health Center! It’s free and easy for you to call, text or visit, and we’ll help you get on the road to feeling better. We want you to be the best person you can be, both mentally and physically!
For more information, please visit:
- ADAA.org – Understanding Depression
- Stem4.org.uk – Depression and Anxiety
- HelpGuide.org – Teenagers Guide to Depression
- HelpGuide.org – Anxiety Disorders and Anxiety Attacks