101 ways to relax and cope with stress!

Posted by Studentbox user
on 19/04/2017 at in  High school life
So it is your final week of holidays and by now you've probably entered into what I like to call 'peak relaxation period.'

BUT, with school starting back in t-minus 5 days (where did the holidays go?) you're likely to start feeling the negative effects of stress before long.

Stress can be caused by many things – examinations and assignment deadlines, pressure from teachers and parents, problems with friendships and relationships, perfectionism and balancing studying and life.

Even positive events such as a new relationship or friendship or even being on a holiday can also cause stress.

Lucky for you, we have this fantastic list of ways of coping with stress!
  1.  Set your alarm to get up 15 minutes earlier
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before
  3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes
  4. Avoid relying on coffee, Red Bull, V or whatever your stimulate of choice may be
  5. Set appointments ahead
  6. Don’t rely on your memory… write it down
  7. Practice preventative maintenance (maintenance that is regularly performed to lessen the likelihood of something failing). 
  8. Make duplicate keys   
  9. Say “no” more often
  10. Set priorities in your life
  11. Avoid negative people
  12. Use time wisely
  13. Simplify meal times
  14. Always make copies of important papers
  15. Anticipate your needs
  16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
  17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
  18. Break large tasks into bite-size portions
  19. Look at problems as challenges
  20. Look at challenges differently
  21. Unclutter your life
  22. Smile
  23. Be prepared for rain
  24. Tickle a baby
  25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
  26. Don’t know all the answers
  27. Look for a silver lining
  28. Say something nice to someone
  29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
  30. Go for a walk
  31. Schedule fun time into every day
  32. Take a bubble bath
  33. Be aware of the decisions you make
  34. Practice mindfulness
  35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
  36. Visualise yourself winning
  37. Develop your sense of humour
  38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day
  39. Set goals for yourself
  40. Dance
  41. Make a date to spend time with a friend
  42. Ask a friend for a hug
  43. Look up at the stars
  44. Practice breathing slowly
  45. Whistle out loud
  46. Read a poem
  47. Listen to some good music
  48. Watch something you enjoy
  49. Read a book curled up in bed
  50. Do a brand new thing
  51. Break a bad habit
  52. Buy yourself some flowers
  53. Take time to smell the flowers
  54. Find support from others
  55. Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”
  56. Do it today, don't hold off to tomorrow
  57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
  58. Put safety first
  59. Do everything in moderation
  60. Pay attention to your appearance
  61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
  62. Stretch your limits a little each day
  63. Look at a work of art
  64. Hum a tune
  65. Maintain your weight
  66. Plant some herbs, a garden bed, a tree or some hardy succulents or cacti
  67. Feed the birds
  68. Practice grace under pressure
  69. Stand up and stretch
  70. Always have a plan “B”
  71. Draw something
  72. Memorise a joke
  73. Be responsible for your feelings
  74. Learn to meet your own needs
  75. Become a better listener
  76. Know our own limitations and let others know them, too
  77. Tell someone to have a good day in Pig Latin
  78. Throw a paper aeroplane
  79. Exercise every day. Go for a swim
  80. Learn the words to a new song
  81. Get to school early
  82. Clean out one closet
  83. Play patty cake with a toddler
  84. Go camping
  85. Walk or ride to school
  86. Plan a holiday
  87. Put an air freshener in your room
  88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  89. Write a note to a faraway friend
  90. Go to a sporting game and scream
  91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
  92. Recognise the importance of unconditional love
  93. Remember that stress is an attitude
  94. Keep a journal
  95. Practise a monster smile
  96. Remember you always have options
  97. Have a support network of people, places and things
  98. Quit trying to fix other people
  99. Get enough sleep
  100. Talk less and listen more
  101. Freely praise other people
Bonus: Relax, take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.

Do you have a technique you use to cope with stress? Add it in the comments :)

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