This can help if:
You're feeling overwhelmed
You're unable to stop thinking about something
You're feeling numb or detached
You're having trouble sleeping
You're always anxious, moody or frustrated
What does it mean if you’re always stressed?
Stress is our body’s way of rising to a challenge, and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, stamina, and heightened alertness. But if you’re always stressed out, it could be a sign that your body isn’t dealing with the day-to-day stuff anymore. You might have gotten into a
habit of negative thinking
that you need to break.
To help manage the stress, it may be good to get the problem out in the air. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t face it. Talking to the person involved, a mate, or someone else you trust, may help you work out why you are stressed out and what you can do about it.
When it causes a problem
Stress could be causing a problem for your health and your ability to cope if you’re:
Feeling irritable about yourself or those around you
Having troubles concentrating
Having issues connecting with others
Feeling depressed, panicky or anxious
If you’re having any of these signs, it is a good indicator you need to work some stress relief tactics into your life and start
managing your stress
It could be something else
If you feel
and like you can’t go on, maybe you have trouble with
. If you’ve tried a few stress tactics and they don’t work, you might also have a more serious stress or
Some people worry all the time, and may need to do stuff to change the way they deal with things. Or they are more than normally afraid of something. That’s fine– it’s totally manageable, but you might need advice from an expert to figure out what’s going on and what to do. They can give you the right strategies for reducing the type of stress you have, and a psychologist can work with you to train your brain to get out of habits that you don’t like. Get
information on anxiety in one of our handy fact sheets.
It can be hard to know where to find the right support you need.
ReachOut NextStep is an anonymous online tool that recommends relevant support options based on what you want help with. Try the ReachOut NextStep tool to learn about the support options available for you.
If you want to hear from others about feeling stressed, watch this 3-minute video about young people and professionals talking about going through tough times.