Healthy ways to deal with stress
Emotional and nervous experiences, problems with sleeping and eating-all this can be a normal reaction to stress. Here are some healthy ways to deal with stress:
Take care of yourself.
Eat healthy, balanced food
Get a good night's sleep
Give yourself a break if you feel stressed
Talk to others. Share your problems and how you feel and deal with them with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem helpful, but they can create additional problems and increase the stress you already feel.
Take a break. If news events cause you stress, take a break from listening to or watching the news.
Recognize when you need additional help. If the problems continue or you are considering suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.
Helping young people cope with stress
Children and teenagers often struggle with how to cope with stress. Young people may be particularly depressed when their stress is associated with a traumatic event-such as a natural disaster, family loss, school shooting, or community violence. Parents and educators can take steps to provide stability and support that will help young people feel better.