Stress is a state of mental or emotional tension resulting from unfortunate or demanding circumstances. Symptoms include headaches, insomnia, decreased appetite, acne, nausea, and even chronic pains. Some of the main causes are school-related stressors, such as academic pressure, applying for university and sport and cultural competitions. Social pressure is another contributing factor and includes trauma, family problems and world issues. It is no surprise that 60% of teenage girls are stressed.


1. Stay active. Exercise improves your confidence, makes you feel more energized and allows your body to release mood-boosting chemicals that reduce stress.

2. Unplug. Turn off your phone and the TV. You need to give yourself some time away from the news and social media, where you are exposed to lots of negativity and stress triggers.

3. Wake up early. This gives you more time to get your work done and out of the way so that you can spend the rest of the day relaxing and doing things you enjoy.

4. Eat well. When you feel stressed, it may be tempting to snack on whatever junk food you have in the house, or you may be so overwhelmed that you forget to eat. Healthy eating habits have a very positive impact on your physical and mental health. Eat fruits, vegetables, and brain-foods, like seeds, dark chocolate, and fish.

5. Relax. If you are feeling extremely tense, a few minutes of breathing exercises can help. When you are feeling anxious, try calming yourself by naming 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.

6. Sleep. It is important to prioritise your sleep so that you will feel rested, restored, and ready to face the day.

7. Support system. Having supportive friends, family and pets lowers your stress levels. Prayer is a source of comfort that reminds you of your purpose and relieves you of your anxiety. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”- 1 Peter 5:7.

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s trouble. It takes away today’s peace.”Alexandra van Stelten