Stress

Everyone experiences stress at times. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation.

It can be difficult to avoid all stress completely, and it’s important for young people to know that. Learning to manage it makes all the difference.

Fight or flight

The human body responds to events provoking stress by activating the nervous system and specific hormones, releasing more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream.

These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and metabolism.

This helps us quickly and effectively handle the pressure of a stressful moment. Even though stress can be a positive thing, like when it helps us prepare for events, when we have too much and it can seem as if it’s taking over.

Too much stress can make teens or young adults feel panicked or overwhelmed and helpless. When this happens, managing it becomes a challenge and learning to manage it is crucial for young people to get the best out of situations.

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