Smiling is a good stress buster. It is quick, easy and free! When you smile your body releases 'feel-good' hormones and the stress hormone (Cortisol) is reduced. Smiling can help you feel calm and in control. It can help you feel good about yourself.
Changing your thoughts is not as difficult as you might think. Try and look at life in a positive way and reduce the negative thoughts that you have. Negative thoughts lead to tension and that leads to stress. Try to use humour when you can to help focus your thoughts.
A good night's sleep is very important in helping your body and mind cope with stress. We all need to sleep for energy, good concentration and general health. Chronic sleep deprivation can affect your performance at school or college, which can lead to you getting stressed
Doing nothing is not the only way to get rest and relaxation. Rest and relaxation can mean looking at what you do in your leisure time e.g. hobbies and sport and balance this against your school/college work. You can relax in lots of ways for example, going to the cinema, meeting with friends, doing something fun and exciting.
Exercise is a good stress buster and is good for your general health but it can also help you when you feel stressed. It improves blood flow to the brain and helps you think more clearly. Exercise helps the body to release endorphins, the body's natural painkiller and 'feel good' hormone.
A balanced diet delivers all the nutrients your body needs to function at its optimum level to help it deal with stressful situations. Cutting back on stimulants like caffeine, sugar, depressants like alcohol and nicotine will help your blood sugar levels keep constant and help you avoid mood swings.
Do something creative that you enjoy for example, painting, taking photographs, writing poetry, writing short stories or making collages.
Write a journal or diary. You can write down everything you are feeling and what you would like to do. Some people write letters to people (that they may never send) just to help get out their thoughts and feelings. Seeing everything on paper may make it look more manageable
Listen to music of your choice. Make yourself playlists with your favourite music tracks. Consider making 'mood' music playlists so you can listen to them when you need to. You can even write your own music and/or song lyrics or play a musical instrument.
Make sure you get and give your fair share of hugs. Not only does hugging feel good, it has been proven to help reduce stress.
Make yourself feel better by looking after your appearance. You can give yourself a makeover, for example, change your hairstyle, dye your hair, paint your nails or go shopping for a new outfit.
It is a well-known fact that relaxing with your pets can help relieve stress. Take your dog for a walk. You can cuddle and stroke your pet, which can be really soothing. You could also spend time playing with your pet. You can also talk to them about anything, as they will not tell anyone your secrets!
It is normal to feel angry sometimes. When you feel angry, try to stop yourself getting hurt or hurting others. Take your anger out on something else, for example, punch a pillow, throw wet sponges at something (like a wall), get on the floor and have your own little temper tantrum, use a punch bag or something else that helps you get your anger out safely.
Talk to someone you trust and tell them how you are feeling. Get someone else's perspective on your situation, as it is good to see things from a different view. Be open about your thoughts. Avoid being on your own when you are feeling down, contact you friends and ask for their support. They will understand.