Strategies for Handling Negative Stress • Schedule your important activities. That way you know you are doing the most important things, even if you aren’t getting everything done. • Use a planner. It’ll help you control your time. • Keep a budget. It’ll help you manage your money. • Talk with parents, guardian or other responsible adults for support. That’s what they’re there for. • Have a support network of friends. That’s what they’re there for, too. • Keep a journal to help organize your thoughts and feelings. If you can write your private thoughts on paper, they might not feel so stressful. • Listen to music that makes you feel good. We all have different tastes. Find music that works for you. • Participate in physical activity. The benefits are huge: you reduce the physical effects of stress, think about something else, enjoy another aspect of life. Find something that you enjoy doing. • Use breathing techniques, yoga, visualization and/or meditation to help you relax. Deep and regular breathing can help. • Eat a healthful diet. A bad diet increases stress, and can make you sick. • Get plenty of rest and sleep. Nothing is more basic than this. If you’re not getting enough rest, everything else seems worse. • Use responsible decision-making skills. What decisions do you need to make? How can you demonstrate responsibility for those decisions? Activity: With a partner brainstorm other positive strategies for handling negative stress. How can you incorporate these tips into your own life?
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