There is so much pressure at this age!

Many adults think that adolescents don’t have stress but that is not true! Nowadays adolescents are even more stressed than adults. There is so much going on.

You could be stressing about any of these things:

• Am I going to do well at school?

• Am I going to fail?

• What will my friends think?

• How I look (your size or body shape)?

• What do I wear (types of clothing, jewellery, or hairstyles)

• Will I cope with puberty?

• What about sex?

• Does he love me?

• Boyfriends

• Girlfriends

• Teenage pregnancy

• My future job or career

• My family is always fighting

• I had an argument with my friends

• Bullies

• Violence

• Facebook

• Drugs and alcohol

• What do others expect of me?


Stress is your body’s natural reaction to a challenge, which could be anything from obvious physical danger to asking someone on a date or writing a test.

Stress is not always bad

Good and bad things create stress. Getting into a fight with a friend is stressful, but so is a passionate kiss or falling in love! Positive stress helps you to react quickly, perform well and to “rise to a challenge”. However bad or ongoing stressful situations can wear you out, weaken your immune system, and make you feel depleted. It can also lead to mental health problems. Stress is the uncomfortable feeling of being overwhelmed.

Spot the signs that you are stressed!

  • Having more headaches, tummy aches, body pains or tiredness
  • Shutting down and no longer wanting to be around people or do activities
  • Being anger or irritable all the time
  • Crying more often
  • Feeling you can't do anything right
  • Being worried, anxious and nervous all the time
  • Not being able to sleep at night
  • Being too busy to eat or not feeling hungry
  • Not being able to focus

If you are stressed, it is important that you speak to someone like your parents / caregiver / a trusted adult / healthcare worker or friend to help you cope.

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B-Wise User Dizzle wizzle 15 September 2018 13:25

What must i do to pass well at school

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 September 2018 08:24

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our  Know Your Mind section to help you pass well at school. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 May 2018 12:42

I don't care what people think of me and at school I am ficused

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 10:01

Hi there, thank you for your comment. That's the spirit! It's important not to lose focus. Keep it up!



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 May 2018 12:41

My friends took me to some place and wanted to fight with me but instead I ran away coz I don't know how to fight

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 17:55

Hi there. It sounds like you were in a very difficult situation, remember to always tell a trusted adult if your friends want to fight with you. 


B-Wise User Itumelengbenmonyanejr 13 April 2018 22:15

I like to listening to music every time when I have a lot of stress

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:30

Hi, thank you for your response. Music is very helpful when you have stress.



B-Wise User Itumelengbenmonyanejr 13 April 2018 22:14

I like to listening to music every time when I have a lot of stress

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:31

Hi, thank you for your feedback. Music can be very helpful when you have a lot of stress



B-Wise User masonmasemola 13 April 2018 21:55

Feeling of havin sex everytime

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:33

Hi, thank you for your feedback. Wanting to have sex every time at this age is normal. Remember to use a condom every time you have sex to prevent HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

Stay Safe !!



B-Wise User letlotlo 5 July 2017 23:24

I used to think about my bae lije what he doing?who he is with?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:53

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We are glad you learnt something new from reading the article



B-Wise User TUMIE 15 February 2017 18:36

I LIKE POSITIVE STRESS. IT HELPS ME NOT TO SLEEP, IT MAKES ME DO MORE. IT MAKES ME SEE MANY THINGS I NEED TO ACCOMPLISH AND THE WAY TIME IS ALWAYS AGAINST ME

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:01

Hi Tumie, that'st true positive stress can help you to do more but remember it is important for your body to get enough rest as well.