As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is focused on stress, it’s key to remember top tips on dealing with stress from exams to work and home life to friendships. Dealing with an overload of stress can lead on to mental health problems from self-injury and even suicide. A study conducted by Mental Health Foundation revealed that 74% of people in the past year have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

The Mental Health Foundation have revealed that the U.K. government can do more and recommend changes for a less-stressed nation. These recommendations include introducing two mental health days for every worker, more essential research in stress of the population and that health and social care professionals should assess and address the stresses experienced by people living with long-term physical conditions.

Signs of stress can come in many different forms from constant worries, difficulties concentrating, short temper, low self-esteem, a change in eating habits or sleep habits, muscle tension and feelings of nausea or dizziness.

Everyone knows and some point what it is like to be stressed and should not be a taboo subject to talk about. It’s important to take time out for yourself when feeling overwhelmed especially important for students who are currently in exam season. Here are key tips of dealing with overwhelming stresses.

Make sure you relax. It is always important to make sure you take time out for yourself which can help you feel more focused and able to deal with stress and worries head on. Try mediation, breathing exercises, listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite film, walking the dog or even having a bath. Make sure you take time out for your own mental wellbeing.

Especially in exam season, it is very easy to get caught up with revision and constant exams but planning and preparing may be some help. Organize yourself and plan. It will help you schedule your time and will give you a better insight into your schedule.

Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise. This will be all be essential on building your strength and gain more energy. Heading for a run or a game of football with friends can keep you focused and provided well-needed time away from stress.

Talk to somebody. If you feel overwhelmed with stress, there are many people you can ask for support from, including school counsellors to guardians or a friend. If you feel unable to talk to somebody in person, Childline and the Samartians are available all day, every day.

Stress. Credit: Ian Espinosa

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