Don't Sweat It!

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Students today have many responsibilities. Being busy is a good thing, but it can also create stress. Read the following pamphlet to see how you can help lower the amount of stress in your life. Don’t Sweat It! 1 What Are the Signs of Stress? Warning Signs of Stress: Life just wouldn’t be life without stress. We all have stress in some Feelings way or another; whether it is a Anxious difficult test or an argument you had Irritable this morning with your sister. Stress is part of everyday life. Thoughts Sometimes stress is a good thing. It Disorganized can make your life more interesting Worried about the future and exciting. It can push you to Behavior try new things and create new opportunities for yourself. Some Crying people react very well to stress. Increased or decreased appetite But stress can have negative effects Physical on you, too. It can make you tired Increased heartbeat and irritable. It might cause you to Trembling feel anxious and worried all the time, Stomach problems or you might have trouble sleeping. Having trouble sleeping Everyone reacts differently to stress, so it is important to know when it is affecting you poorly. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only. 2 Can You Pass the 3 What Can You Do? Stress Test? If you determine that you have some symptoms of stress, make a list of all Sometimes it is difficult to know the things that might be causing it. whether stress is affecting you in a negative way. You might have some Once you have created a list, of the symptoms listed in the last review it to see if you can eliminate section, but not others. Or some of anything. If something is causing you your symptoms might contradict a large amount of stress, you should each other. Take the questionnaire seriously consider whether it is below. If you find that you answer worth the trouble it is causing. YES to most of the questions, you More often than not, stress in our might be feeling the effects of too lives cannot be easily removed, but much stress in your life. do not be discouraged. To help you • Do you feel like you are always deal with stress, follow these tips: rushing to get things done? • Try to stay physically healthy by • Do you often feel like you do not exercising. have enough energy to do what • Eat a well-balanced diet and do you need to do? not skip meals. • Are you worried about being • Always try your best, but do not accepted and liked by others? try to be PERFECT. • Do you have trouble finding time • Manage your time well and make to relax and enjoy yourself? a list of things that you must do. • Talk about your problems with your friends and your family. • Take some time to do fun things that you enjoy. • Take deep breaths so that your body can relax. • Try to think positive thoughts (“I can”) instead of negative thoughts (“I can’t”). ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only. 4 When Do You Ask for Help? If you follow these tips and still feel that stress is affecting you in a negative way, you should talk to someone about it. Tell a parent, or a teacher with whom you feel comfortable. Do not keep your feelings to yourself. Telling an adult about your problems will help you solve them, and get you back on the track to feeling good. Stress does not have to have a negative impact on your life. If you recognize the symptoms and take the steps to control stress in a responsible way, you will find that you are happier and healthier because of it! ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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