How can I help myself?
STRESS AND ANXIETY
A little bit of stress can help us to get motivated, but sometimes our stress levels can rise a bit too much. There are lots of things we can do to take control and manage our stress.
The local Stress LESS campaign has been specifically designed to help young people combat stress. Their website has lots of advice and guidance that can help you get on top of stress and get through exams. The campaign asks us to change small things over the course of 5 weeks to feel better, see the #Take5 challenge.
BBC Radio 1 have compiled a fact file on the signs of stress to look out for and some helpful tips to keep your stress levels in check!
Young Minds have collated lots of information for parents and carers on helping your child through problems at school. There are further links to lots of websites and resources that you may find helpful.
The NHS Choices site provides information for parents and young people on dealing with exam stress.
The Family Lives website has information for parents on helping your child through exams from revision right through to exam day and beyond.
You are not alone around 3 Million people in the UK suffer with some kind of anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant ,part of life. It can affect us all in different ways and at different times.
Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the factor causing it ( be it work, relationships, exams etc.) comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist.
Anxiety UK offers lots of information on the types of anxiety conditions and ways of managing anxiety. Phone:03444 775 774(Mon-Fri 9.30 am-5.30 pm)
Health for teens offers some information on anxiety and how to deal with it here
No Panic is a voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD and includes a helpline Phone: 0844 967 4848
If you are having a fretful moment then try this'5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness tip: This helps to ground you and helps to feel more calm, especially in moments of panic and anxiety.
Count 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear,3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell,1 thing you can taste
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is a type of anxiety disorder.
People with OCD have repeating thoughts, images or feelings that are distressing (obsessions). They carry out rituals or habits (compulsions) to temporarily feel better.
OCD rituals can be obvious to other people such as checking door locks or they can happen inside your head like counting.
OCD thoughts come in all shapes and sizes, but they often revolve around things danger, dirt and contamination or worries around sexuality and religion.
Further information can be found at Youngminds and OCDaction