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Dealing with STRESS?

Stress is your body's reaction to change, demands, or difficult situations.  Stress is a part of everyday life, but too much stress can have a negative impact on your life.
Do you often feel overwhelmed?
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Do you often feel frustrated, nervous, or angry?
Do you get a lot of headaches or stomachaches?
Do you have a hard time relaxing?
Do you eat too much or too little?
Do you feel dread or panic when thinking about everything you have to do?
How many times did you say YES?
Each of the above questions can be an indicator of stress.  If you feel that stress may be a problem for you, check out some ideas to reduce the stress in your life.
Relax/Meditate:  Close your eyes, imagine a relaxing scene.  Breathe deeply.  Engage in a guided meditation or try a mindfulness practice.
Take care of mind and body: Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress.
Take time for yourself: Doing something that makes you feel happy or calm can be helpful.
Get Support: Confide in others when your feeling stressed.  Whether it's a friend, family member, counselor or spiritual leader, it's much better to share than to deal with things alone.
Confront your Stressors:  Make a list of the things that are stressing you out and determine how each can be dealt with.  Coming up with a plan can also help you feel empowered and less stressed.
If you're experiencing a lot of stress, know that there are resources available to help you.
Your School Counselor/Student Assistance Counselor:
Crisis Text Line:  Text "Start" to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at
NJ Hope and Healing: