Stress effect

Now we're going to learn how stress affects your body. Don’t worry if your stress levels rise while reading this! We can do this together..

After a long and difficult day at work, a lot of us can get a headache, or feel physically and mentally exhausted. These are normal reactions to stress.

But if we’re having bad headaches too frequently, feeling irritated, getting anxious or being unable to sleep - we might be suffering from chronic stress.

If our stress levels stay high, it can harm our health. How can you know if you have chronic stress? See if you have more than one of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Constant irritation

  • Chest pain

  • Sleep problems

  • Over- or undereating

  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol

  • Restlessness

  • Losing your temper easily

  • Heartburn

  • High blood pressure

  • Tense muscles

These symptoms can affect our wellbeing badly and can also make daily tasks more difficult to cope with.

What we can do is identify what causes stress in our lives and try to work to reduce these stress levels so that we can get some time and energy to heal.

Have you experienced long periods of stress? Are you feeling any of the symptoms now?

REMEMBER: Stress can make our lives more difficult to manage.

ACTION: Try to think of two ways stress affects your life. How do you think you can fight them?

NEXT: In the next lesson, we’ll look at the most important thing in life - breathing! And how we can become less stressed using simple breathing techniques.

And don’t forget: You are valuable. You are powerful. You can do this!