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Coping with stress

Here you’ll find tips and tools you can use for building skills and developing ways to manage stress.

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There are many strategies you can use to help manage stress in your life. Here are a few options to try.

Tips

Get to know what causes you stress.

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What have been stressful situations in the past? Is there anything or situation that tends to be stressful for you? Or is it when a bunch of things lead to a lot of stress? Be prepared when you are expecting something that causes you stress.

Relax your mind and body.

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It’s hard to relax when you’re feeling stressed! Relaxation won’t instantly make your stress go away, but it can help reduce your stress. Try mindfulness (Breathr is a great app), listening to your favourite playlist or cuddling your pet. Whatever it is, practice what relaxes you.

Don’t forget about yourself.

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Sometimes there’s not much time left for what you enjoy between school, scheduled sports, work, and spending time with friends and family.  Try to find some time for you. Whether it’s reading, journalling, hiking, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk, playing a video game, or watching the sunset.

Let your muscles do the work.

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Being active helps to relieve stress. Stress can be hard on our bodies. Physical activity doesn’t have to be about going to the gym. Get off the bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. Think about becoming a dog walker or find a friend who likes to go for walks. Join a dance class or sports team. It’s always easier when it’s fun. If you like to set goals, that can be a helpful way to get started whether the goals are large or small. Try keeping track of your goals in HabitBull.

Learn your limits.

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It can be difficult to say no, but taking on more than you can handle isn’t good for anyone, especially you.

Talk to someone you trust.

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It can be helpful to talk through what’s going on for you. Reach out to someone – a friend, family member, teacher, coach or someone who has been there like a Peer Support worker, it can be helpful to talk through what you’re feeling. Not sure where to start? Check out our Tips for Talking with Someone and 8 Easy Tips for Venting to Friends.

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For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.