Coping with stress

Mackenzie Lewis

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Everyone has felt a little stress in their lives and if you haven’t then please come tell me your tips and tricks. People who are under too much stress suffer from different side effects, whether it is physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral. Some of the most common side effects consist of constant worrying, racing thoughts, procrastination, increase of alcohol; drugs; and smoking, low energy, headaches; stomach pains; insomnia, and distancing oneself from going. There are many different ways to react to being under too much stress, but there are ways of coping with it.

When students are dealing with stress there are three main things you should follow. First thing you should do is get active. Going for a walk, playing a sport, or writing poetry is just a positive outlet on handling your feelings to let you know that things are going to get better. Secondly you need to be sure you are taking care of yourself. Try and get plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise, and just try to keep a normal routine. By keeping yourself healthy, you are able to better keep a handle on a tough situation. Lastly you should take some information breaks. Whether you are reading/watching the news, on the internet, or talking about disasters around the world can get you more upset and bring you down. So taking a break from all of it can help calm you down.

84% of students here at NCHS feel like they are under to much stress. Our students tend to turn to sleep and music more than anything. They also turn to drawing, playing sports, or playing an instrument. Sleeping to much isn’t a healthy way to deal with stress and not something you should turn to in times of needing relief. Music could go either way. It could bring your mood up or bring it down. If your tend to turn to music be sure it is upbeat and fun. Drawing, playing sports, or playing an instrument are all good ways to turn your mind in a different direction and make your feel happier and more relaxed.

Be careful on what you do to cope with stress because many ways you think are helping but are genuinely just making you feel worse. Stay away from:

• Smoking
• Drinking too much
• Overeating or under eating
• Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
• Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
• Using pills or drugs to relax
• Sleeping too much
• Procrastinating
• Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
• Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)

There is a simple way to think of coping with stress. Think of it as the four A’s. Change the situation- avoid the stressor; alter the stressor. Change the reaction- adapt to the stressor; accept the stressor.

There are many healthy ways to cope with stress. Stay away from bad decisions and things that will get you in trouble and focus on things that make you happy and that you enjoy doing. Coping with stress isn’t as difficult as it seems to be. Stay chill and be happy.

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