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August 02, 2021, 12:20:54 pm

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Is stress normal in year 12?
« on: May 26, 2021, 08:45:24 am »
I get so stressed sometimes and anxious. Any advice?
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Re: Is stress normal in year 12?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2021, 09:17:43 am »
Simple answer: yes, I'd say it's normal.

There are various ways of managing stress apart from professional intervention such as talking to a counsellor. Breathing deeply and regularly (even just focusing on your breathing) might help. I also heard of one that I've used before which is breathe and when you exhale picture yourself sinking into the ground with each exhale. It seems to help. A to-do list with priorities might also help you to know what you need to do when and so forth, thus making it less of a cloud of stuff to do that feels a little smothering. If you're finding yourself uptight and tense consciously try to relax your muscles, maybe.

I hope these few suggestions help. There are more, but these are my main ways.

Oh, and if it's worth anything, I find cuddling a fake baby as I'm doing right now really helps to relax me. But that may be just my midwifery side. ;)
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Re: Is stress normal in year 12?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2021, 09:32:01 am »
Yeah it's definitely normal to feel some level of stress and anxiety throughout year 12. Definitely a good idea to look at how you can manage that. If it is really impacting you it's probably worth talking to a professional for more targeted advice (e.g. school counsellor, eheadspace etc.). Sites focusing on youth mental health also tend to have advice on managing stress and anxiety (related to your studies or not).

Here are some specific actions that can help:
- exercise
- grounding exercises to help bring you back into the moment
(e.g. finding 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel etc.)
- talking to people you feel comfortable with / trust
- having a healthy and consistent sleep routine and good hygiene
- managing your thoughts to be less absolute (e.g. avoiding words like "must")
- making plans and sticking to them