yourself in a hectic situation, whether it's forgetting your homework or
missing your ride home, can really stress you out. Are you looking for a safety
net for those days that seem to get worse by the second? Could you really use
some advice on how to de-stress both your body and your mind? Knowing how to
deal can be half the battle!
out these 10 tips to keep you cool, calm, and collected:
Put your body in motion.
Moving from the chair to the couch while watching TV is not being physically
active! Physical activity is one of the most important ways to keep stress away
by clearing your head and lifting your spirits. Physical activity also
increases endorphin levels, the natural "feel-good" chemicals in the body,
which leave you with a naturally happy feeling.
you like full-fledged games of football, tennis or roller hockey, or you prefer
walks with family and friends, it's important to get up, get out and get
Start your day off with a full tank? Eating breakfast will give you the energy
you need to tackle the day. Eating regular meals (this means no skipping
dinner) and taking time to enjoy them (nope, eating in the car on the way to
practice doesn't count) will make you feel better too.
sure to fuel up with fruits, vegetables, proteins (peanut butter, a chicken
sandwich or a tuna salad) and grains (wheat bread, pasta or some crackers),
these will give you the power you need to make it through those hectic days.
be fooled by the jolt of energy you get from sodas and sugary snacks? This only
lasts a short time, and once it wears off, you may feel sluggish and more tired
than usual. For that extra boost of energy to sail through history notes, math
class, and after school activities, grab a banana, some string cheese or a
granola bar for some power-packed energy!
Have fun with friends.
Being with people you like is always a good way to ditch your stress. Get a
group together to go to the movies, shoot some hoops, or play a board game? Or
just hang out and talk. Friends can help you work through your problems and let
you see the brighter side of things.
say that laughter is the best medicine? Well, in many cases, it is! Did you
know that it takes 15 facial muscles to laugh? Lots of laughing' can make you
feel good? And, that good feeling can stay with you even after the laughter
stops. So, head off stress with regular doses of laughter by watching a funny
movie or cartoons, reading a joke book (you may even learn some new jokes), or
even make up your own riddles aughter can make you feel like a new person!
has those days when they do something really silly or stupid? Instead of
getting upset with yourself, laugh out loud! No one's perfect! Life should be
about having fun. So, lighten up
Spill to someone you trust.
Instead of keeping your feelings bottled up inside, talk to someone you trust
or respect about what's bothering you. It could be a friend, a parent, someone
in your family, or a teacher. Talking out your problems and seeing them from a
different view might help you figure out ways to deal with them. Just remember,
you don't have to go it alone!
Take time to chill.
Pick a comfy spot to sit and read, daydream, or even take a snooze. Listen to
your favorite music. Work on a relaxing project like putting together a puzzle
or making jewelry.
can sometimes make you feel like a tight rubber band ?stretched to the limit!
If this happens, take a few deep breaths to help yourself unwind. If you're in
the middle of an impossible homework problem, take a break! Finding time to
relax after (and sometimes during) a hectic day or week can make all the
Catch some size...
Fatigue is a best friend to stress. When you don't get enough sleep, it's hard
to deal? You may feel tired, cranky, or you may have trouble thinking clearly.
When you're overtired, a problem may seem much bigger than it actually is. You
may have a hard time doing a school assignment that usually seems easy, you
don't do your best in sports or any physical activity, or you may have an
argument with your friends over something really stupid.
is a big deal! Getting the right amount of sleep is especially important for
kids your age. Because your body (and mind) is changing and developing, it
requires more sleep to re-charge for the next day. So don't resist, hit the
Get it together.
Too much to do but not enough time? Forgot your homework? Feeling overwhelmed
or discombobulated? Being unprepared for school, practice, or other activities
can make for a very stressful day!
everything done can be a challenge, but all you have to do is plan a little and
Lend a hand.
Get involved in an activity that helps others. It's almost impossible to feel
stressed out when you're helping someone else. It's also a great way to find
out about yourself and the special qualities you never knew you had! Signing up
for a service project is a good idea, but helping others is as easy as saying
hello, holding a door, or volunteering to keep a neighbor's pet. If you want to
get involved in a more organized volunteer program, try working at a local
recreation center, or helping with an after school program. The feeling you
will get from helping others is greater than you can imagine!
Keep a journal.
you're having one of those crazy days when nothing goes right, it's a good idea
to write things down in a journal to get it off of your chest ? like how you
feel, what's going on in your life, and things you'd like to accomplish. You
could even write down what you do when you're faced with a stressful situation,
and then look back and think about how you handled it later. So, find a quiet
spot, grab a notebook and pen, and start writing
importantly, don't sweat the small stuff! Try to pick a few really important
things and let the rest slide? Getting worked up over every little thing will
only increase your stress. So, toughen up and don't let stressful situations
get to you! Remember, you're not alone? Everyone has stresses in their
lives...it's up to you to choose how to do