Back To School: Stress Management
It's that time of year: Back to school is in full swing!
This new school year can mean a lot of changes for you, possibly starting at a new school? Maybe it's your last year of high school and you're feeling the grind of college/university preparation? Or maybe you're somewhere in the middle and just hoping for a good year? Wherever you are in your schooling life, let's be honest, back to school can be STRESSFUL.
Of course stress is a natural part of life, but you can manage your stress levels effectively. First, understand that there is no right way to deal with stress. Best thing you can do is try a few different stress management techniques and see what works best for YOU! Personally, a few hours at the gym doing a mixed martial arts class or weight lifting is sure to tire me out so much that I can put my worries aside for the day.
Gym not your thing? Here are some other tips for managing stress during this challenging time of year:
Acknowledge the stress
Trying to ignore stress doesn't help. In fact it only makes it worse. So go ahead, acknowledge the reason for your stress. Tip: It might help to make a list that way you can visualize what things are a priority and what things can get bumped off the list of things stressing you out.
Make a list of fun activities that you can do when you are feeling particularly stressed out. Pick an activity from the list and do it by yourself or with friends and family. This will serve as a great distraction to help you mellow out.
Looking for something to distract yourself and help manage stress levels? Check out these teen library programs!
Slam Poetry Meet Up at Flemingdon Park Library
Re-frame and Simplify
You can't control or fix everything so don't worry about the things that are out of your control! I recommend practicing mindfulness as a way to simplify and de-stress.
Just remember, stress is absolutely a normal part of life. That said, managing stress is something you can absolutely do to improve your well being.
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