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Dealing With Stress

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? But what exactly is mental health? Well, it's how you think, feel and act when faced with a problem. If you don't respond well to it, then you could get stressed out, so Kidzworld is here to help you out!

Stress - What Is Stress?

Stress is that feeling you get when you're really worried about something. We're not talking about a wave of worry that lasts for a few minutes. This is the kind of worry that bugs you for hours, or even days, and builds up to the point where your head hurts. It makes you feel frustrated, scared, cranky or angry. You may lose your appetite and have insomnia - or you might eat and sleep much more than usual. Stressing out so much will eventually make you sick with headaches or stomachaches, and lead to serious problems like depression and heart disease. But not all stress is bad for you. The good kind keeps your body and mind alert and can even boost performance levels, like when you're presenting a science project to your class or sprinting to the finish line.

Stress - What Causes Stress?

You know when your dad is sweatin' over the bills, or your mom's in a bad mood cuz her car broke down on the way home? They're stressed out! But adults aren't the only ones who feel stress. There are lots of things in your life that can stress you out - being loaded down with homework, taking a test that you didn't study for, hearing your parents argue, facing a bully in school or walking up to the guy/girl of your dreams to ask them out - yes, even the butterflies in your stomach are stress!

Stress - Ways to De-Stress

If you're seriously stressin', check out these quick and easy ways to unwind and de-stress!

  • Get involved in sports and extra-curricular activities to keep you relaxed and physically fit.
  • Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes all the food groups.
  • Talk it out with your close friends, family members or teachers. It'll make you feel better, and they may be able to give you advice and help you solve your problem.
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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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rainbowpoptart
There's a Dear Dish-It section for questions like this. (: But to answer it anyway: BREAK UP WITH HIM! Stop being friends with who he cheated on you with. Move on and find someone better for you. Don't let it ruin your life. Neither of them are worth your time, there are much better people out there. Because you're only 10, though, I would definitely advise not focusing too much on any more romantic relationships. Work on preparing for your future; boyfriends can wait a while.
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Pinklilylane
So my Bf cheated on me for my bff. Know they won't even talk to me. I don't know what to do. Can you tell me what to do?
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