Feeling really stressed or worried?

Everyone feels anxious from time to time. It could be your body’s way of telling you you’re not safe or something’s not right.

Feeling some anxiety can even help you to stay focused and achieve more when working to a deadline or competing in a competition, for example. Without some pressure, the Brownlee brothers wouldn’t have smashed the Olympics (again) and Adele wouldn’t have number one songs.

If you are spending too much time worrying about certain situations or things that are happening to you, however, it can start to have a negative effect. This can happen to anyone, and in fact Adele has spoken out in the past about her own anxiety and how it’s affected her ability to perform.

If anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life it can help to understand what causes it and know how to find help.


Where can I find help?

You might find these tips helpful to help you de-stress.

If you are feeling anxious too often or for too long and it’s starting to affect how you feel, it’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust – whether a teacher, parent, carer or your best friend. Or if you prefer you can find people you can talk to here.

So what does anxiety feel like?…

Things you might find useful

Stop, listen & relax

We’ve put together some MindMate relaxation recordings which you can access on your phone through headphones to help you calm down and relax – or in bed to help you get ready for sleep.

Relaxing meditations


Information about stress and anxiety, including symptoms, managing anxiety and panic attacks.


Your panic monster

Short film produced by The Mix, helping you understand your panic triggers.

Watch 'Your panic monster' video

In Hand

Free app suggesting activities to help you feel happier and more in control – for moments of anxiety or low mood.

In Hand

Headspace app

A fun and easy to use intro into 10 minute meditation – offers a free 10-day trial. More features available with subscription.

Headspace app

BBC Bitesize: Exam stress

Top tips and videos to help you de-stress, plus practical advice to help you revise and prepare.

BBC Bitesize

Are you upset by the news?

It’s important to know that you are not the only one and it’s OK to have those feelings. BBC Newsround gives some advice.