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Okay, we all get stressed at school from time to time.

Exams, assignments, problems with friends – it can all make us feel pretty worried.

So how do we know what are normal feelings of worry, and what might be anxiety?

Well, anxiety might be a problem for you if:

  • It lasts a long time and it feels very intense or overwhelming.
  • It doesn’t always seem to have a cause or a reason.
  • It interferes with your everyday life (for example, you avoid seeing your friends because you feel anxious).

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, talking with someone can really help. This could be a family member, friend, Elder or someone else you trust.

And while anxiety can feel overwhelming, there are some simple steps you can follow to help you feel calm again. You can:

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Calm your body by doing some breathing exercises, or doing some exercise in general

Calm your mind by focusing on something else. You can do this through mindfulness (such as meditating) or distracting yourself (with a video game, for example)

Turn your ‘smart brain’ back on. Once your start to feel calmer, get your mind busy with doing something – like talking to someone, writing a journal, reading or trying something new

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