Coping with stress

Most people experience stress sometimes – it’s completely natural. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. Get on top with our tips to help you deal with stress, no matter what’s causing it. 

Get stress under control

Sometimes stress can be helpful. It can motivate you to get things done. But sometimes stress can feel overwhelming. It can make you feel like you can’t cope.

But you can cope. You can learn how get stress under control.

Our tips can help you. But it’s important to remember that they might not change everything straight away. It can take a few goes. And it’s a good idea to try a few different things – not just one. If you need some help, you can always talk to one of our counsellors.

4 things that can cause stress:

  • exams or struggling with school work
  • family problems
  • arguing with friends
  • feeling like you have too much to do.


Write a diary

Writing is good. Or drawing. You might not think it at first, but it really helps.

Think of it this way: when you’re stressed, you’re carrying around loads of pressure and negative feelings. And it’s not good for you to carry it around all the time. So writing your thoughts and feelings down can help you feel like you’re letting go of the stress.

Writing a diary also helps you see your situation in a different way. It can help you notice things that make you stressed. And that means you can try to avoid them in the future.


Exercise is important for everybody. Doing something physical releases endorphins into your body. And this helps you beat stress. Exercise has loads of benefits, including:

  • making you feel less stressed
  • helping your mind and body feel healthy
  • keeping you focussed
  • calming you down. 

You don’t have to be really sporty or competitive. Doing exercise can include walking, swimming, yoga and dancing. Find what works for you. Try a few different things to find what exercise you enjoy.

If you’re stressed, it might seem like you don’t have time or energy to be active. But a bit of exercise can make you much more productive in the long run.