Well Being - Life pressure & stress

Question I am doing my Leaving Cert in June and I am beginning to panic thinking about all I have to do in such a short time. I am very involved in football and there is pressure on us to win the League this year too. I don't want to let the team down. What can I do?

AnswerIt sounds like you have a lot going on and those things are getting on top of you. You might need to take a step back and take a good look at what you are doing and how you are feeling. Here are some ideas:


Life Pressures / Stress

  • Write out your day-to-day routine and include a list of everything you have to do. Plan out your week. You could use a timetable or a diary.
  • Put in the things that have to be done, like school, homework and study. Look at what remains, put into the timetable/diary only what is a priority.
  • Plan some time to do whatever helps you to relax and be calm.
  • Include time for exercise. It might help to reduce stress.
  • Talk to your sports coach and team. Work out times for training that suit everyone.
  • Get tips for studying. Are there friends you could form a study group with?
  • Talk over your thoughts and feelings about the pressures you are experiencing with someone you trust.
  • Avoid studying late at night, have plenty of sleep and start afresh in the morning.

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