Lexington High School

Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Stress Management

Stress Management Tips for Students

  1. Be true to yourself. This is your high school experience, not anyone else’s. Don’t compare yourself with others or compete with them. Do what works for you.
  2. Engage fully in things you like and are interested in. The fact is, you will have to study some things that may not interest you. But it’s important to leave time for the things you enjoy and interest you. Find time to immerse yourself in your passions.
  3. Chow down! Food is important--it fuels your body and your brain. Make sure you eat well and don’t skip meals. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid fast food, processed food and foods that are high in sugar and/or fat.
  4. Get your zzzzz’s. Sleep is important; it recharges your brain and your body. Life looks better after a good night’s sleep. Sleep also improves academic performance, so instead of burning the midnight oil, get some sleep.
  5. Get a work out. Exercise is a known stress reducer. Ever hear of a runner’s high? “Endorphins are as powerful hormone-like substances produced in the brain . . . During exercise, there is a release of endorphins in the body that are capable of producing feelings of euphoria and a general state of well being.” (http://www.mens-total-fitness.com/endorphins.html)
  6. Don’t overload your schedule. Keep a balance of academics and extracurriculars and don’t take on too much. Don’t take more honors and AP classes than you can reasonably manage.
  7. Keep grades in their proper perspective. Grades aren’t your life; they don’t define.
  8. Break big tasks into smaller ones. If things seem overwhelming, break tasks down into more manageable chunks
  9. Two heads can be better than one. Collaborate with others on school work when possible
  10. Smile. A positive attitude can make all the difference .
  11. Don’t go it alone. Take advantage of friendships and supports. Everyone needs someone to lean on. Ask for help if you need it--at school, at, home, in your community, at your church or temple. List of LHS resources List of Community Resources
  12. Take a break. Sometimes you just need a break from whatever it is you’re doing.
    • stretch your legs
    • walk around the block,
    • call a friend,
    • take a hot bath,
    • listen to music
    • watch something funny on TV
    • do absolutely nothing for a while
  13. Keep the college stuff under control
    • Choose a college for “fit,” not just for its rank or its name.
    • Don’t worry about where everyone else is going; but if you did you’d learn that not everyone goes to the “elite” colleges.
    • Plan and stay organized
    • Don’t talk about college 24/7
    • Ask your parents not to talk about college 24/7
    • Remember that SATs are just part of the picture; they do not determine your life.
  14. Try Yoga. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong help relax the mind, body, and soul; they improve mood and well being. Try a class or do it alone. Just a few minute can make a difference.
  15. Use Relaxation techniques. Meditation, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing exercises are just some of the many proven techniques to relax your body and your mind. They won’t remove the stressful things in your life, but they will help you manage them so they won’t seem as stressful.
  16. Have a cry. A good cry helps you get all the bad stuff out. It might sound backwards, but you often feel much better after a good hard cry.
  17. Keep a journal. Some people find it helpful to keep journal or diary where they write down their thoughts and feelings. It can help you identify what things trigger your stress and what things help you feel better.

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