Exam stress and panic symptoms such as:
- racing heartbeats
- overly sweaty
- nauseous feelings
- breathing difficulty
- racing thoughts
- sleep issues
- over tiredness
Depressive feelings such as:
- emotional bluntness or flatness
- lack of appetite or weight loss
- emotional eating and weight gain
- difficulty concentrating or focus to get started on tasks
- social withdrawal
- easily reactive or irritable
Stress can come out in other areas too:
- it can affect your everyday mood
- you may feel more frustrated or angry
- you may be quicker to get upset or cry than usual
- you may take offence quickly, hold grudges, or get into arguments more easily
This is sometimes most noticeable at home. You may find yourself arguing with your parents or fighting with your brother or sister. It’s important to be able to draw the link between stress and arguments with your family.
Understanding stress helps to understand why things suddenly feel harder. This will help you keep perspective and make decisions to do things differently. This will protect your relationships with friends and family.
You might adopt unhelpful coping skills like:
- stop exercising
- eating more fast food or snacks
- start drinking
- taking recreational drugs
- become dependent on pain killers
It is important to notice the signs of these unhelpful coping skills early. This will make sure you can break the habits before they take a hold in your life. Your long-term health is more important.
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