YHS Cares

York High School's dedicated website to pupil health and wellbeing.


  • Definition
    Stress is not an illness – it is a state. Some stress can be positive as research shows that a moderate level of stress makes us perform better. However, if stress becomes too excessive and lasts for a long time, mental and physical illness may develop.

    Stress is the way your body and mind reacts when you feel the demands or pressures on you are more than you can cope with.

    Stress can be due to feeling overwhelmed with everyday life, situations or events or changes in your life.
  • Signs
    Changes in emotional feelings, physical symptoms and in how your body works are all signs of stress.

    These can include:

    Feeling fearful
    Feeling panicky
    Feeling anxious, nervous or afraid
    Feeling breathless, sweaty, churning or fluttering in the chest or stomach
    Feeling tense, irritable or aggressive
    Losing your temper easily
    Needing to use the toilet often
    Feeling wound-up, fidgety or impatient
    Unable to enjoy yourself
    Losing interest in life
    Losing your sense of humour
    Feeling a sense of dread
    Worrying about your health
    Finding it hard to keep your kind on school work
    Feeling tired or lethargic
    Having trouble sleeping or sleeping less than usual
    Going off food or eating more than usual
    Nausea, stomach aches or changes in bowel habits
    Aches and pains
    Higher heart rate, sweaty palms
  • Advice
    Identify the cause of the stress.

    A stress journal is one way of doing this

    Sort the possible reasons for your stress into those with a practical solution, those that will get better anyway given time, and those that you can’t do anything about. Try to let go of those in the second and third group – there is no point in worrying about things you can’t change or things that will sort themselves out.

    Get physical
    Get creative
    Spend time with friends and do things you enjoy
    Make time for fun and relaxation
    Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and enough sleep
    Talk to someone you trust, a friend, an adult, a teacher, GP or counsellor

    It’s not healthy to avoid a stressful situation that needs to be addressed, but you may be surprised by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate for instance by learning to say no or avoiding people who stress you out.
  • Where can I get help?
    In school you can talk to the following people:
    A friend
    Your Tutor
    Head of House
    Miss Masterman – Pupil Welfare Officer
    Noreen Reid – Pastoral Mentor (Drop in sessions Tuesday & Wednesday during break and lunchtime)

    In the community:
    Talk to your parents or GP

    Childline (Free) 0800 1111
    York Mind 01904 643364
    Samaritans 116 123

    Young Minds
    Calm Harm