The semester might have just started, but teachers and parents are already helping students prepare for state testing, SAT’s, ACT’s, midterms, quizzes, etc. As the last memories of the relaxing winter break dissipate and student’s stress levels rise, share these 7 steps to help any age student cope with their daily stress:
Take a stand against over-scheduling. If you feel stretched too thin, consider dropping an activity or two, and opt for the ones that are most important to you.
Be realistic. Don’t try to be perfect — no one is. When you expect other people to be perfect, it can add to your stress levels, too. Ask for help when you need it.
Get a good night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep keeps your body and mind healthy, making it easier to battle life’s stressors.
Treat your body well. Experts agree that getting regular exercise helps people manage stress. Eat well to give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function at its best. Don’t be tempted by eating junk food and fast food to ease your stress.
Watch what you’re thinking. Your outlook, attitude, and thoughts influence the way you see things. Think more optimistically and reap the benefits.
Solve the little problems. Avoiding everyday problems can leave you feeling helpless, and that just adds to stress. Use your problem solving skills to reach a solution.
Learn to relax. You can help trigger the relaxation response by learning simple breathing techniques to use in stressful situations. Ensure you stay relaxed by building time into your schedule for activities that are calming and pleasurable.
The above list was compiled from Practical Suggestions for Coping with Stress at www.KidsHealth.org and appears in LifeBound’s book PEOPLE SMARTS FOR TEENAGERS. Click here to read a free sample chapter.