Sometimes stress helps us rise to the challenge when we’re faced with a tough situation. It can help you be more focused, have increased alertness and even extra strength. I’m not kidding about the extra strength thing… There are actually reports of people having super human strength when the pressure is on- like people who were able to lift cars when someone was trapped underneath. Google it. Wowzers.
Anyway. Stress becomes a problem when you over-stress and it starts to affect how you cope with everyday stuff. Fortunately there are some simple things you can do to relieve stress - even when you are solo.
Reachout.com suggests that you:
Go for a walk or run.
Exercising can be a good way of relieving stress. It helps to get rid of all that pent up energy and can leave you feeling much calmer. Any sort of exercise can be good really.
Take some deep breaths.
Deep breathing can help to relax the body and hence calm you down. Taking deep breaths before an exam, game, or before giving a presentation may help to calm you down and focus on what it is you are about to do.
Try to avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine.
It may be tempting to use smoking and alcohol as a means of managing your stress. Try to avoid using these things as a way of coping, as in the long run they may make you more stressed out.
Watch what you're thinking.
Your outlook, attitude, and thoughts influence the way you see things. Is your cup half full or half empty? A healthy dose of optimism can help you make the best out of stressful circumstances. Even if you're out of practice, or tend to be a bit of a pessimist, everyone can learn to think more optimistically and reap the benefits.
And Maddie, if you are stressed a lot and it’s hard doing day to day stuff, it might be helpful to talk to someone about it, like your parents, teachers, a school counselor, or a healthcare professional, like a doctor or nurse. These are all people who can help you cope and figure out how to manage your stress levels.
Good luck Maddie!
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