Sometimes people think that kids don’t have stress because everything is done for us like our meals, transportation and even our schedules. But we do. Sometimes when things don’t go the way we think they should – we get stressed. What stresses you out? Is it peer pressure? Do you get stressed when you feel left out? Do you feel bullied? Sometimes being disappointed in our grades or not getting on a sports team could stress us out too! The one thing to remember is that we all get stressed out at one time or another.  It’s natural for all kids to worry at times, and because we are all different, some may worry more than others or even at different times than others. But there’s one thing to remember – you are never alone!

Shift Gears

Like a bike – we have gears too! Did you ever ride your bike toward a steep hill and wonder how you were ever going to make it up?  Bikes are built with gears that shift to help you make it up that hill a little easier. Human beings have gears too! You can shift your gears in a number of ways. One way is to listen to your favorite music, another is to get active in a sport or activity that you really love. Exercise releases a chemical, called serotonin, in the brain which makes you feel good, relaxes muscles and gets rid of stress. You can also get rid of stress by helping someone else! You can do this by volunteering or asking someone who you know needs some help. You can also ask your parents if there is a good place for you to volunteer in your neighborhood.

One of the best ways to manage stress is to meditate. Meditation sounds very mysterious to some people, but it is actually very simple. Just find a quiet place, sit comfortably, close your eyes, and relax all your muscles. Next, and perhaps the most important, is to slow down your breathing. By taking slow, deep breaths, we automatically slow down our thoughts! When thoughts do come up in your mind, just let them go rather than thinking about them more. Do this for about (15) minutes twice a day, and you’ll be calmer and probably wiser than most people around you.

Talk It out!

Another very important thing to do is to talk to someone you trust and tell them what’s going on. You’d be surprised how easy it is to come up with a solution when you get another opinion. Remember that whatever happens, things will be okay. Feelings aren’t permanent – they change.   If everything above still doesn’t feel like it’s the right solution and you would rather speak to someone outside of your circle, try the Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868. Have a nice day – and remember, tomorrow is another day!