Stress is natural and most people feel stressed sometimes- it is the release of chemicals into your blood to give you more energy and strength as a reaction to mental or emotional pressure. It can be a good thing when you are threatened with physical danger but it can be bad for you when it’s affecting your life as a response to something emotional that you have no outlet for. Common reasons that young people experience stress are school, family, friendships, health and relationships.


Recognise the signs & symptoms

Possible signs of stress

  1. Changes in sleeping patterns; either sleeping too much or not enough.
  2. Having ‘nervous’ behaviour such as twitching, fiddling, talking too much, nail biting, teeth grinding, pacing, and other repetitive habits.
  3. Constantly feeling tired and worn out.
  4. Experiencing a change in appetite.
  5. An increase in your breath and heartbeat.
  6. Becoming sweaty and clammy, leaving you with cold hands, feet, or skin.
  7. Feeling sick to your stomach or getting ‘butterflies’.
  8. Feeling tense or a tightening in your muscles.
  9. Getting headaches regularly.
  10. Difficulty concentrating.
Help with stress

MindSpace top tips

  1. Talk to someone you trust e.g. a friend, parent or teacher about your feelings as they may be able to help.
  2. Make time to do self-care and relax.
  3. Make to do lists or create a routine and prepare things the night before if you have a lot of things going on.
  4. Use exercise to release any negative feelings and release those endorphins (happy hormones).
  5. Do something you enjoy everyday that makes you smile or laugh.

Useful resources & apps

Understanding and getting support for stress

Kids Health
Moodjuice Self-help
Mental health foundation
Royal college of psychiatrist

Useful information for parents and carers

Parent tool kit