An online poll undertaken by YouGov revealed that in the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress is a common feeling felt by everyone but what people don't usually realise, is how destructive it can really be. It can have a significant effect on the way we live our lives, how we perceive things, and of course our physical health. People with high levels of stress have been said to develop mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. Other consequences include obesity and other eating disorders and skin and hair problems, such as acne, eczema, and even permanent hair loss.

Now, let's look at some of the ways to cope with stress:

1) Finding an outlet. This HAS to be something that has nothing to do with what's causing you stress. This would usually be a hobby but it can be anything like watching your favourite movie or show, baking or even spending some quality alone time in a cafe. Make sure it is a healthy habit that you can commit to and do regularly.

2)Having a routine/timetable can make you feel more in control of your life and make you feel like you are getting things done. This can help ease the stress you may be feeling.

3) Make sure you have a healthy sleeping schedule where you are getting at least 8 hours or more of sleep. Without enough sleep your brain cannot function properly, getting a sufficient amount of sleep ensures your mind and body get enough time to recharge and refresh.

4)Finally, talk to others: share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, therapist, or teacher. This can help ease the burden you're feeling. You may even find someone who feels exactly how you're, this could bring you great comfort knowing that you aren't the only one.