I will learn to work one problem at a time, when I have too many problems. For example, I am going to access all of my problems and tackle the bigger ones first then handle the smaller ones.
I will seek advice from family members, teachers and friends and learn from their experience how to better handle problems.
I will purchase a day planner and evaluate what I have to do on my too do list.
I will take assignments that are a lot of work and break them down into timelines.
I will work smarter not harder.
Point 2: Avoiding stress
I will stay away from those things that may cause me stress. I will
Avoid certain people, like negative Nancy’s.
Avoid certain places, like crowed areas and loud people.
Avoid certain things, like telling yourself to finish an assignment, but not actually making time to do it.
Avoid certain memories that create pain for me, like losing a parent at a young age.
Point 3: Some things need to be let go to see what I need to do.
I understand that I waste some of my energy and time worrying about things I cannot fix. Here are some things that I will try to let go, so I can focus on the problems I can change.
I will let go of what others think of me.
I will let go of worrying if I will get a better job after I graduate.
I will let go of trying to get an A in every class.
I know I waste some of my energy when I take things personally that really have nothing to do with me. I am going to learn this lesson by remembering a time I did this and by choosing not to repeat that mistake.
Part 2: Taking Care of My Body
Point 4: Exercise is a must
I will do something that makes my body work hard for at least 20 minutes every other day more is better. I know that strong bodies help people better deal with stress, and this will keep me in shape. The kinds of things I like to do include:
Cardio for 20 minutes on Mondays
CrossFit 20 minutes on Wednesdays
Spin class 20 minutes on Fridays
I will commit to 20 minutes of exercise a day.
I know a hard physical workout will help me calm down when I am feeling worried, stressed, or fearful. The kinds of things I might do include
Run a mile one way, then walk back a mile
Hit a punching bag
Point 5: Relaxation.
I will try to teach my body to relax by using
Exercise that controls the body and releases tension like Tai Chi or boxing
Warm, long baths or showers
Imagine I am someplace peaceful and relaxing on a cruise ship to the Bahamas.
Point 6: Eating a balanced diet
I know that eating well helps people deal with stress better. I know that a good diet can make a difference in my health and how well I deal with stress. The changes I am ready to make include
Eating a good hearty breakfast
Skipping fewer meals
Drinking fewer sodas and sugary drinks
Drinking more water
Eating smaller portions
Eating less greasy meals or snacks
Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods
Point 7: Having a good night’s sleep is important
I know that people who get a good night’s sleep do a better job of dealing with stress. For me to get the sleep I need, I will try to go to bed at 9:00pm on week nights.
I will follow a plan to help me get a restful night’s slept.
Avoid caffeine before bed.
Exercise 4-6 hours before bed.
Finish homework after exercise because I will be my calmest, clearest and most focused.
Take some time to relax or hang out after studying.
Shower or bathe 1 hour before bed.
Begin to dim the lights 30 minutes before bed
I will use my bed only for sleeping. I will
Stop reading in bed.
Stop doing homework in bed.
Stop watching television in bed.
Stop instant messaging in bed.
Stop worrying in bed.
Charge my cell phone in a other room.
Part 3: Dealing with My Emotions
Point 8: Take instant vacations.
Everyone needs to be able to escape problems for a while by taking an instant vacation. I will
Read a good book.
Imagine I am on a beach in the Caribbean
Watch a movie on Netflix.
Listen to calming music.
Take a warm bath with bath salts.
Point 9: Release emotional tension.
I will release my worries go, instead of letting them build up inside.
I will talk to a friend who will give good advice.
I will talk to my:
I will pray to gain strength.
I will meditate to clear my mind
I will write out my thoughts in a journal.
I will let myself laugh more.
I will make get organized by making lists.
When I have too many problems that I feel I cannot handle, I will work on them one at a time.
I will express myself through song.
I will express myself through yoga.
I will express myself through crafting.
I will express myself through poetry.
Part 4: Helping other in your community will help you feel better
Point 10: Pay it forward
When people help others they tend to feel better about themselves. I plan to:
Help a member of my family by seeing if they need help doing something at their house.
Volunteer in my community by helping out at the food pantry on Saturdays
Help the environment by recycling.
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