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Riverside Girls High School

Riverside Girls High School

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Experiencing stress is a normal part of our lives. A small amount of stress when attempting a challenge or an assessment deadline can actually be helpful. It can lead to increased alertness, energy and productivity. A complete lack of stress can lead to reduced motivation and performance.

Stress triggers off the 'fight or flight' response, preparing the body to take action against potential danger. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released, causing the heart rate, metabolism and breathing rate to speed up.

This works well for short-term threats but if the stress response goes on for too long, it can have damaging effects on the mind and body.

There are many strategies that you can put in place to reduce stress. Including time management, exercise, mindfulness and finding time for the activities you enjoy. If stress becomes overwhelming it is a good idea to talk to a trusted adult, including parents, teachers and members of the Wellbeing Team.

Further information and resources can be found at; Headspace, Reachout, Beyond Blue and Health Direct. Click on the icons below.