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Managing stress and anxietyMManaging stress and anxietyManaging stress and anxietyEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANANAPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z8.1000000000000066.6000000000000715.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Now you know that stress, anxiety, and bad feelings work in a cycle. You also know how stress works and how to recognize when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. </p>
Gérer le stress et l'anxiétéGGérer le stress et l'anxiétéManaging stress and anxietyFrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANANAPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Tu sais désormais que le stress, l'anxiété et les mauvais sentiments forment un cycle. Tu sais aussi comment le stress fonctionne et comment reconnaître que tu es stressé ou anxieux.</p>

 

 

 

 

Managing stress and anxiety3528.00000000000Managing stress and anxietyManaging stress and anxietyMEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANANAPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z8.1000000000000066.6000000000000715.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Now you know that stress, anxiety, and bad feelings work in a cycle. You also know how stress works and how to recognize when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. </p><p>Here are some simple things you can do to reduce stress.</p><ul><li>Move your body! Research shows that people are more able to cope with stress and anxiety when they participate in regular physical activity. Exercise and <a href="/Article?contentid=3780&language=English">maintaining an active lifestyle</a> can help you release emotions such as anger or sadness. Before starting any physical activity, be sure to talk to your doctor or <a href="/Article?contentid=3493&language=English">physiotherapist</a>. Some types of cancer and treatment can limit the type or amount of physical activity that is safe for you. </li><li>Get enough <a href="/Article?contentid=3521&language=English">sleep</a>. </li><li>Change the way you think about a stressful event. You will learn more about avoiding unhelpful thoughts in the next part of this section.</li><li>Change your behaviour. Learn to use <a href="/Article?contentid=3540&language=English">relaxation</a>, <a href="/Article?contentid=3546&language=English">distraction</a> and <a href="/Article?contentid=3551&language=English">meditation</a> to manage stress.</li><li>Eat <a href="/Article?contentid=3570&language=English">healthy foods.</a></li></ul><p>The emotions, stress and anxiety of cancer and treatment are often too big for one person to handle by themselves. It can help to talk about how you’re feeling with someone you trust such as a friend, teacher, family member, or another member of your community. </p><h2>What to avoid when managing stress</h2><p>There are some unsafe ways to deal with stress. Sometimes people take part in risky behaviours (negative coping), for example, they might start <a href="/Article?contentid=3575&language=English">smoking</a> or using <a href="/Article?contentid=3574&language=English">drugs and alcohol</a> to escape their problems. This can be tempting because drugs and alcohol may seem like easy answers, but they can be dangerous and lead to other problems. For example, they can lead to addiction and problems with friends and family. They can also interfere with your treatment or make side effects much worse. </p><p>If you’ve been using drugs or alcohol to deal with stress for a while, you might find it hard to stop. Talk to a member of your health-care team. Remember, what you tell them is confidential and they can help you find healthier ways to deal with stress.</p><h2>Getting help from your health-care team</h2><p>Many teens find that it helps to talk about their stress in a safe place with someone who understands what they are going through. When you feel stressed or upset, try talking to a member of your health-care team. They’ve known other young people with cancer and have lots of experience helping people like you. Asking for help can be difficult, but try saying something like, "I’m not sure what to do, but I’m not feeling like myself. I feel grumpy or angry and just worry about things a lot."</p><p>They can link you with someone who has experience talking with young people in similar situations such as a <a href="/Article?contentid=3491&language=English">social worker</a>, a <a href="/Article?contentid=3492&language=English">child life specialist</a>, a licensed counsellor, a <a href="/Article?contentid=3495&language=English">psychologist</a> or a <a href="/Article?contentid=3496&language=English">psychiatrist</a>. </p><p>Whoever they recommend, this person will listen to you and can help you come up with strategies to manage your stress, anxiety or emotions. </p><h2>When stress and anxiety are too much</h2><p>For some teens with cancer, the stress and anxiety they experience can be so much that it becomes overwhelming. </p><p>You may have overwhelming anxiety if you:</p><ul><li>have any of the <a href="/Article?contentid=3527&language=English">signs of stress and anxiety</a> that have lasted for more than a few weeks </li><li>you get so anxious that you experience sweaty palms, a racing heart or trouble breathing</li><li>you become so stressed or anxious that you worry you are going to pass out</li></ul><p>Overwhelming anxiety can be very troubling and cause people to avoid any situations that might cause them worry. You could end up avoiding so many things that your everyday routine is affected and you miss out on a lot of good times.</p><p>Anxiety symptoms don’t usually go away by themselves. But the good news is that there are people who are trained to help you manage overwhelming anxiety. If you experience a lot of anxiety symptoms, tell someone you trust and be sure to talk to a member of your health-care team. They can help you find treatment so you can feel less anxious and more hopeful.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Managing_stress_and_anxiety.jpg