Guidance Counsellor Lori Ash » Stress

Stress

     Stress is a part of life.  Everyone experiences it - children, teens, adults of all ages.  We experience stress in all areas of our life.  It not only in school that we have stressful times.  It also occurs in workplaces, relationships, social situations, and during trying times.  The key is to find strategies in order to cope with the stress.
     One way to manage stress is by laughing!  Finding humour is said to make you feeling lighter.  Below is a link to an article that explains how having a sense of humour can lighten the mood and relieve stress.
 
So add some funnies into your day.  It will not solve the situation at hand but it will relieve the stress which will help you think clearer, and be happier!
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Identify When Stress Is Building Up
 
In order to cope with stress you need to be able to identify when stress is building up for yourself.  Only you can identify this.  No one can do it for you.  You need to know how stress feels in your body because this is your first warning sign that you need to change something to relieve that stress.  Keeping stress in your body is not healthy for you not only mentally but physically too.  Stress can cause headaches, fatigue and low energy, rapid heartbeat, stomach aches, tense muscles, diarrhea, constipation, and the list goes on.  First step is to identify what stress looks and feels like in your body.  Next, you need to figure out what you can do to stop the stress - what can you change?
 
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