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"Wow, I’m really stressed out" (Part 2)

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Are You Too Busy?

If you’re feeling tired and stressed because you have too much going on, like lots of after-school activities, you might feel better if you drop something, even if it’s just for a semester or so. Sometimes lots of activities — even if they’re all fun — can make you feel stressed by keeping you busy all the time. On the other hand, if problems at home are bugging you, some (but not too many!) after-school activities may actually help you relax and feel better.

There are also relaxation exercises that you can use to get rid of stress. The easiest one to do is to inhale (breathe in) slowly and deeply through your nose, and then exhale (breathe out) slowly through your mouth.

 Do this two to four times, but don’t take in too much air too quickly because it can make you feel lightheaded and dizzy.

Another exercise can help you if you’re having trouble sleeping: tense and relax your muscles slowly, starting at your toes and working your way up your body. Tense and relax your toes. Then do the same with your toes and your ankles. Then, your toes, ankles, and calves. Then toes, ankles, calves, and thighs. Keep going up your body until you get to the top of your head!

You can do exercises like these anytime, without anyone noticing. You can even do breathing exercises in class if you’re nervous before a test.

Finding a Balance

The best way to keep stress away is to have a balanced life. That means making good decisions about how to spend your time. If you’re only dealing with school stuff and have no time to play, you can get stressed. Make sure you keep your SELF in mind: Sleep, Exercise, Leisure (something fun), and Food.

If you take care of yourself and get enough sleep and food, and if you exercise and leave time for fun stuff, you’ll probably be less stressed out!

Source: kidshealth.org


Other links:

Feeling Too Tall or Too Short (Part 1)

Feeling Too Tall or Too Short (Part 2)

You’re Heart & Circulatory System (Part 1)

You’re Heart & Circulatory System (Part 2)

You’re Heart & Circulatory System (Part 3)

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