Extreme stress can affect your health in a number of ways. Some of the most frequent health complaints are headaches and stomachaches. Long-term stress can hurt your cardiovascular system and your immune system.

Evaluate, strategize and prioritize. What are the biggest stressors in your life? You might be adding stress without even realizing it! If homework stresses you out, you might discover that you need extra tutoring so that you can understand the work better. Do you study with the TV on or your phone nearby? Ditch the electronics and focus. If your schedule is frustrating, you may have to cut back or eliminate activities. If your part-time job is too much to handle, you may want to think about reducing your hours or quitting.

You’re in luck! There are many healthy ways to cope with stress. First, make sure that you’re living a healthy lifestyle—exercise regularly, eat well, and get a good night sleep. Your diet and health factor heavily into feeling stress’ effects. When it comes to coping with stress, you need to find what works for you. Many people practise meditation, yoga, or visualizing a calm scene. You might also find that taking time to read a good book, practise an instrument, or taking a warm shower gives you time to relax and focus on you.

Many people become anxious—especially in new or stressful situations. If you feel like you can’t normally live your life because you are so anxious, seek professional help so that you are able to manage your anxiety and live a happy, healthy life.

There are many ways to reduce your anxiety. Many people find breathing exercises helpful. You might also want to talk to a professional who can help you learn how to manage your anxiety.

Yes! At one time or another, everyone feels anxiety. Most people experience it during stressful situations—like big life changes or transitions. If you experience anxiety when dealing with daily events—like going to school or even leaving the house—talk to a school counsellor or a trusted adult and let them know about your concerns.