Four Ways to Overcome Stress

By: Megan Hines, Pinnacle Virtual Guidance Counselor

Starting back to school can be a stressful time for a lot of students.  Learning how to manage and work through stress can help students stay on track and be successful in your online high school classes.  Everyone feels stressed out at some time or another, but how you handle your stress can make a big difference in your day-to-day experiences.  Here are some ways to keep your stress in check:

  1.  Understand Your Stressors.  Knowing the things that trigger stress in your life can help you navigate around them.  You won’t be able to avoid everything that brings on stress but knowing what to expect ahead of time might help you to work through it.
  2. Don’t Let Stress Overwhelm You.   Some stress can actually be beneficial because it helps motivate you to do what needs to get done.  However, don’t let it get to the point where you can’t get out from underneath your stress.  Use your stress to help get the job done and then move on.
  3. Shake It Off.  It’s easy to feel out of control when you’re stressed.  Find some things that allow you to let go of some of your stress.  Write in a journal, talk to a friend, listen to music, go for a walk – find whatever works for you and helps you get back on track.
  4. Look Ahead.  Sometimes we can’t avoid the things that cause us stress because ultimately some things just have to get done.  This often times includes your education.  School is difficult and it takes a lot of time and effort, but instead of focusing on why it’s hard, look ahead to what you will get out of it in the end.  Getting to the other side of high school is an accomplishment that no one can take away from you.

~ by pinnaclepov2224 on August 29, 2011.

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