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Do you sometimes find yourself getting annoyed at every little thing? If so, know that you’re not alone. The stresses of everyday life can add up and make us irritable and tense. When homework and exams, roommate issues, dating and conflicts with parents are put together, they can make life feel overwhelming.

You might end up overreacting and taking out your frustrations on whoever is nearby. In some people, the stress builds up inside and makes them vulnerable to serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure (yes, college students can have high blood pressure, too), headaches, muscle aches and other physical ailments.

Tips on how to reduce feeling frustrated and irritable and increase feeling calm and relaxed:

How do you know if you need help?

It’s normal to have feelings of frustration and irritation from time to time, and even snap at people once in awhile. But if you’re feeling intensely frustrated much of the time or having problems with friends and family because you are annoyed so often, talk to a counselor at school, your parents, a professor or someone you trust about getting help from a mental health professional. Irritability may be a sign of depression and not just the result of stress. Learning to deal with frustration in healthy ways will likely have a positive effect on all areas of your life.

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