Lots of things cause young people to feel frazzled, like exams, friends and parents. Take the quiz to see just how much you know about stress.

Acne is caused by stress
Fiction: Stress won’t cause your acne, but it can aggravate it. It’s mainly linked to hormones or your genes.

Exercise can help with stress
Fact: Exercising releases ‘happy’ hormones that improve your mood and make stressful situations easier to cope with.

Stress is the same for everyone
Fiction: Everyone responds to stress in their own way. The pressure of exams and deadlines might make you feel agitated but motivate others to perform better.

Laughter is the best medicine
Fact: Laughing releases ‘happy’ hormones and reduces stress hormones, making it easier to cope with situations that normally make you feel stressed.
TIP: Watch or listen to something you find funny, or spend time with friends who you make you laugh.

Everybody responds the same way to stress
Fiction: There's no single method that works for everyone, so it’s important to try different things and find out what works best for you.

Getting a good night’s sleep can help with stress
Fact: When you’re tired you’re less patient and easily agitated, making stressful situations more difficult to cope with.

Listening to music can help with stress
Fact: Make yourself a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and when you’re feeling stressed-out, listen to it.

Speaking to someone won’t help
Fiction: Even if the person can’t offer you advice, sometimes getting it off your chest is a huge relief.

You can’t do anything about stress
Fiction: There are lots of ways to help you control stress:

  • avoid situations you may find overwhelming
  • do activities you enjoy and make you happy
  • write a list of all the things that make you feel stressed so you know what triggers it

Is taking part in activities in your local community one of the ways you de-stress?

Your youth club or community might be interested in applying to the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which is giving away €130,000 to projects that inspire and support young people all across Ireland.

Applications for the Thank You Fund 2017 are now open. Find out more about the Thank You Fund 2017.