Hi, I'm Bianca.
How did I get here?
Well, I'm a first year university student and I'm juggling a lot of roles. I waitress three nights a week, I'm on the girls’ soccer team, and help take care of my younger brothers and sisters.
I used to feel confident and excited about all the things that were going on in my life, but lately I've been feeling overwhelmed, and like things are out of control. I feel like I’m letting people down. My to-do list just keep getting longer, no matter how fast I try to get things done. On top of it all, my parents don’t like my new boyfriend, and we argue about how much time I spend with him.
Lately I've been having trouble getting to sleep at night because my mind is racing, even though I am totally exhausted, and I've been really impatient with my siblings. I tried to talk to the counsellor about all of the stress I've been dealing with, but she suggested taking on less.
I just don't know what to do.
Stress can be defined as a strain on your ability to cope with the demands placed on you by everyday life.
Understanding what can trigger stress is an important first step in learning to manage it. If you're feeling stressed, take a moment to figure out what's going on in your life that's causing the stress.
Stress can result from things Such as:
- Major changes in our lives, such as moving, changing schools, graduating, starting college/university
- Deadlines - school or work
- Conflict with friends, family or co-workers
- Relationship problems
- Daily hassles such as getting stuck in traffic, missing the bus, or being late
- Health problems - personal or family
- Your own thoughts, such as worrying too much
- High expectations - either your own or someone else's
- Difficulties balancing school, work, family, and social life
- Being unemployed and trying to find work
- Financial difficulties
Being stressed is associated with a number of thought patterns, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms. Learn about the early signs of stress...
Learning how to effectively manage stress helps to prevent it from affecting your mental and physical wellbeing. Check out self-care resources for stress...
Managing Stress Factsheet