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Stress and Anxiety

What is stress?

Stress isn’t always a bad thing – in fact if your life is in danger, it can be pretty useful to have something that kicks our body into ‘overdrive’, and that’s what ‘stress’ does. It’s your brain giving your body what it needs to either fight danger or run away from it. Of course a lot of stress in today’s world isn’t caused by things that we can easily fight or run away from (or life-threatening things at all), so sometimes your body gets shifted into overdrive and doesn’t get any release. This can leave you feeling tense, worked up and with excess energy to burn.

42nd Street Stress & Anxiety leafletWhat can stress and anxiety feel like?

  • Stomach ache
  • Tense muscles
  • Headaches
  • Rapid breathing or heart beat
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Dizziness
  • Change in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling tired all of the time

The Facts:

  1. 1 in 6 young people in the UK experience anxiety at some point.
  2. Feeling stressed can affect people in a number of different ways, including difficulty sleeping, tearfulness, worrying more than usual, self-harm and snapping at others.
  3. Feeling stressed doesn’t mean you aren’t “handling things”.
  4. Stress doesn’t always have to come from dramatic or life-threatening incidents. It could be due to a number of smaller daily pressures like exams, school life, and even just being connected to everything going on in the world all the time online

For stressbusting tips & helpful resources, download our information leaflet: 42nd Street Stress & Anxiety leaflet

Check out Manchester Youth Council’ film which explores anxiety – how it feels when you are experiencing it and what they feel needs to change in how mental health difficulties can be portrayed. It’s called ‘A Piece of Mind’…have a watch! If you’re experiencing anxiety or are worrying a lot about something and you feel this is starting to affect other parts of your life, it may help to talk to someone. Get in touch with 42nd Street – either by calling us and speaking to a worker or by referring yourself.