Three methods for coping with stress

By Amoura Wood

Students+can+feel+overwhelmed+by+school+and+life+during+a+pandemic%2C+but+there+are+ways+to+regain+control.

Simbiat Odeshina, class of 2015

Students can feel overwhelmed by school and life during a pandemic, but there are ways to regain control.

Amoura Wood

Teenagers experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. When students become weighed down by stress, it can lead to anxiety, depression, physical illness, and poor coping skills such as drug and/or alcohol use.  Try these three methods for reducing the tension in your life.

#1 Meditation is a practice of mindfulness: 

1.) Start Early- It is best to meditate first thing in the morning so you can start your day refreshed, awake, and stress-free! 

2.) Continuity- Meditating at the same time and same place every day will help incorporate it into you daily routine. 

3.) No Expectations- Do not expect meditation to fix all of you problems, but think of it as an opportunity to get to know yourself better.  

4.) Setting- Create a space specifically for meditating. Choose a place that makes you feel comfortable and keep it uncluttered to help you stay focused. 

5.) Now to Start- Begin by taking a few deep breaths in order to trigger a relaxation response. As you are meditating, pay attention to you breathing.  

6.) Stop fidgeting! – It’s common to want to move around and adjust your position, but try not to let your position become a distraction. If you feel you are in pain, then feel free to change positions 

7.) Breathe! – If you feel like you are still overthinking, keep focusing on your breathing. In your head say words like “in” and “out” as you are breathing to keep your mind from wandering.  

8.) Acknowledgement- Sometimes you may feel happy after meditating, but you may also feel a bit down. Don’t be discouraged. Be proud that you took the time and effort to try the process. 

#2 Being active helps with mental well-being: 

1.) Connect with people– Creating healthy relationships with others help improve emotional well-being 

  • Spend time with family and open up 
  • Spend time with friends and open up 
  • Stay off your phone and TV and go out and get some fresh air 
  • Volunteer 

2.) Be physically active– Being active not only helps you physically but emotionally as well 

  • Start going for runs or walks 
  • Find a gym near you  
  • Join the Banneker fitness club 

3.) Try something new- Gaining new skills can help improve mental well-being 

  • Learn how to cook 
  • Mentor someone 
  • Work on DIY projects (there are a lot of tutorial videos out there for free) 
  • Take an online course or start learning a new language 
  • Learn how to draw or paint 
  • Try new hobbies such as writing a blog, photography, gardening, cooking, or dancing

4.) Give to others and those in need- Acts of kindness can improve mental well-being 

  • Donate 
  • Talk to others and actively listen to their problems and vice versa  
  • Spend time with others who need support 
  • Offer to help others 
  • Volunteer

#3 Time management helps you regain control of your days 

1.) Work out your goals– Create short-term and long-term goals in order to organize and prioritize them. 

2.) Make a list- To-Do Lists are great for planning out your day in order to reduce stress. They help you remember and stay on-track.  

3.) Focus on results- Focus on high-quality work, not high quantityTry not to focus on how busy you are, but on the results. 

4.) Take a break during lunch- Lots of people work during lunch but, taking 30 minutes off can make your day more manageable. 

5.) Prioritize– Focus on the most important task you need to complete.