10 Ways to Cope with Stress

By Lauren Ruby

Hello SMCC! Here are some more ways to deal with stress and also a couple ways to have some more self confidence in yourself.


1) Schedule play time into every day

It’s not just for kids! Having time during the day to use your imagination in any activity can improve mood, enhance learning, and increase physical activity.


2) Take a bubble bath

Bubble baths can release endorphins in your body that can improve your mood and relax your mind and body. They can also decrease joint pain and improve blood circulation.


3) Be aware of the decisions you make

Sometimes you try to push yourself to get something done, but this can put more stress on your body than what is needed. Listen to what your body is telling you! If you are sitting down doing homework for a long time and you are not retaining information or having a brain block, maybe it’s time to walk away and do something else (take a nap, go on a walk, have a snack/eat dinner, etc.)


4) Believe in yourself

Having self confidence in everything you do and say will help you lead a more focused life, give you positivity and help achieve your goals.


5) Stop saying negative things to yourself

Putting yourself down and believing negative things people say about you puts extra stress on you to fix the things that you believe are bad. This can be harmful if taken too far, so just remember that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE AND YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE FOR ANYONE!!!


6) Visualize yourself winning

When you focus on failure before you even begin a task, then it is bound to fail. Visualizing being victorious in something can give you courage and foster purpose in what you are doing. It can also combat negativity that you are facing.


7) Develop your sense of humor

Read a joke book, watch a comedy show, look up comedians online; just a couple of things to do.


8) Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today

Taking things head on in the present instead of waiting until a future date to get them done will battle stress and procrastination. You will also feel better knowing you don’t have to worry about it in the future.


9) Have goals for yourself

Setting goals for yourself can relieve stress by organizing things that need to be done. Just be sure not to set goals that are too difficult to achieve. This will just add more stress on you. Find a happy medium.


10) Dance a jig

Get the blood pumping! Dancing is a great way to exercise and relieve any stress that builds up. Even if you have no idea what you are doing, just move! (YouTube is always a great source to look up dance routines 😉 )

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