Coping Skills Toolbox – Tips for Dealing with Stress

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Hi everyone – here is the third installment of our Coping Skills Toolbox series. Tell us what you think on Facebook and Twitter! – Fatima

Practice organization and problem solving skills

In order to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, practice organization skills. You can start by making a to-do list, or breaking a large task into smaller, more manageable ones. You can also make a list of goals for yourself, and think about how you might go about attaining them. For problems that seem overwhelming, try sitting down and brainstorming solutions, and think about the positives and negatives of each. All of these techniques will help things seem more manageable, and give you the tools to be a good problem solver, without feeling overwhelmed.

Learn to say no

It’s okay to say no sometimes if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you need some time to yourself, or to finish an important project, you do not have to say yes to attending every movie or outing you are invited to, or joining every club at school! Set priorities, know your limits, and know it is okay to say no. And know that there will be other times to join in when you really want to!

Spend quality time with loved ones

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Spend more quality time with your friends and family in person, having fun, and less time on social media. Build strong relationships that are fun, and are a good support network.

Do something for someone else

Sometimes it can be good to focus on doing something for someone else. Maybe you can start volunteering, pick up trash at the local park, take part in some random acts of kindness, or help organize a charity drive. It can be good to channel your emotions into a passion project, while helping out others.

Role Play

If you know there is a stressful situation coming up- like a class presentation or a job interview- don’t be afraid to prepare yourself by roleplaying the scenario and practicing what you might say. Maybe this is just in front of your mirror, or with your friends or parents! For public speaking, you can even try taking a public speaking class.

Take care of yourself

Alone time

Sometimes it can be hard with so many things happening to just take some time for you! Try and take some time to relax by taking a walk in nature, having a bath, reading a favourite book, or watching a favourite movie. Really take the time to take care of yourself. Make sure you are drinking enough water, and eating healthy food. Don’t forget to try and get enough sleep. This can be hard when you have so many commitments, but it’s really important! Try and turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and don’t drink any caffeine. Tidying your room or sleep space can also help with better sleep. And if you think you don’t have any more time- try and cut your tv watching or social media time!

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