Bolton School Girls’ Division Newspaper


Stress Busters


Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances, according to the dictionary. But in reality, it’s so much more than that. There are many different levels of stress and they shouldn’t all be grouped together. Is the stress of catching the bus the same as the stress you feel leading up to exams? 

Everyone deals with stress on a daily basis, but always on different levels. In this article we will be talking about the different levels of stress and suggesting little ways to cope. However, if you feel, for any reason, that you seem to be stressed and finding it especially hard to cope, don’t be afraid to ask for support using the resources at the bottom.  


Level 1- Daily Stress

This is the type of stress you feel on a daily basis -as the name says! Some people can find this stress helpful or motivating, but don’t worry if you don’t. If you feel overwhelmed with this, remember that everyone is going through it and try the following activities: 

  • Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 and breathe out for 8 seconds (the 4-7-8 method)
  • Go for a walk in a park
  • Talk to someone you wouldn’t usually talk to

Level 2- Circumstantial Stress

Despite the fancy name, this level basically means that you are feeling stressed about an event that is coming up. This could be anything, from receiving exam results to planning an event. You may feel like all the pressure is on you and you’ll let everyone down if it doesn’t go well. Try:

  • Taking a break from whatever it is that you’re focusing on each day

  • Reading a book or finding a new hobby

  • Making sure you get enough sleep

Level 3- Chronic stress

This type of stress feels infinite and you can’t imagine your life before it. Reasons for it differ widely, but some may include feeling unsafe or constantly fighting or arguing at home. You need to know that during this time you are not alone.  

  • Try to focus on the positives (even when it feels like there aren’t any)

  • Do physical exercises! 

  • Talk to someone you trust

  • Have effective time management, e.g. A good school-life balance


These three levels are broad terms for a very complex and intricate feeling. Please remember to trust your gut instinct and if the pressure is getting to you, take a break. If you feel constantly overwhelmed, the resources below may help you further. Stay safe!

By Meera Salvi

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