Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge. Depending on how you perceive this challenge, stress can be experienced as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
- When you are about to go on the rugby pitch you may feel stressed, but this type of stress will make you sharper and increases your performance
- When you are exhausted and have left lots of homework to the last minute, you may feel stressed and this will decrease your performance
How do I know if I’m stressed?
- Are you feeling more irritable or angry than normal?
- Do you feel agitated?
- Are you having difficulty sleeping?
- Are you making more mistakes?
- Have you become absent-minded or forgetful?
- Are you constantly tense and on the go?
- Have you experienced any unusual physical symptoms such as aches and pains, nausea or felt unusually tense?
- Do you find yourself not enjoying time spent with friends? More ‘yes’ answers may indicate higher rates of stress that could affect you negatively.
Why deal with stress?
Reducing stress is essential in maintaining overall health. It can help in boosting immunity, reduce the probability of triggering the start of stomach, skin or heart related problems and help manage mood. Being stressed around people can often affect relationships negatively. Overly increased stress can negatively affect your performance, for example how you feel before an exam.
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