If you are feeling stressed or under pressure it can start to feel like it is taking over all aspects of your life. It can affect you both physically and mentally.

Stress could cause:

  • being overwhelmed
  • feelings of anxiety
  • have low self-esteem
  • unable to make decisions
  • having eating problems
  • not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • isolating yourself from friends and family


  • Talk to someone about what is making you stressed
  • Spend time doing things that make you happy
  • Try exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy well balanced diet
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep

Mindfulness is a great way you can help to manage your emotions. This is where you focus on the present such as concentrating on what’s happening right now. By doing this you should be able to gain an awareness of your feelings and thoughts. By understanding and practising mindfulness, you can learn to cope better with stressful situations.

Sometimes, when we feel worried, we can take fast or shallow breaths. This can sometimes lead to dizziness or chest pain, which can end up with us feeling even more worried and can lead us into a vicious circle.

Doing breathing exercises on a regular basis can be a healthy habit for life. Breathing exercises are great because you can do them anywhere, anytime! Try some breathing exercises here.

Where to get help

If you think your stress is impacting your health, visit your GP

You could also try your Healthy Child Team (school nurse)

You can also contact BUZZ US to discuss this anonymously

You can ask school or college to contact COMPASS BUZZ and request support so we can support your teacher with ideas about how they can support you.

Young Minds- is a great website that promotes mental health and wellbeing for young people.


Stressbusting – Information about stress and techniques for coping. Lists several talking treatments and alternative therapies that can be used to treat stress.


NHS Choices Information and tips on managing stress


Be Mindful Information about mindfulness and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). Guidance on how to learn mindfulness, including course listings.