As students get back into the swing of school, many are carrying loads of stress caused by everything from schoolwork to their social lives. One California teacher wanted to help his students deal with this by giving them a list of stress-reducing tips. But it’s not just one, or two, or even 10 tips. It’s 101 ideas for managing stress. And not surprisingly, it went viral on the Internet faster than you can say “relax.”
In a survey conducted by KidsHealth, a nonprofit pediatric health research organization, more than one-third of students said they were worried about tackling the required school work this year. Another third of students were most concerned about social issues such as fitting in, finding friends and bullying. And a full 25 percent of students were worried about their appearance and how they would be accepted at school.
That’s a lot to worry about!
With all of that stress to contend with, it’s no wonder the Internet is going wild over a list of 101 ways to manage stress that a rockstar teacher recently handed out to his high school students.
The creator of the list, Brett Phillips, is a psychology professor at a high school in Oxnard, California. For the past 10 years, he’s handed out this list to his senior psychology students as part of a unit on “stress and health.” The now-famous list went viral after it was tweeted by Alina Ramirez, a student in Phillips’ class.
What’s awesome about the list is not only that Phillips gives it to seniors who are faced with the added stresses of college admissions and preparing to move away from home, but also how comprehensive the list is. Because what works for one person may not work for another. This list gives students so many ideas that they’re bound to find at least one thing that helps them relieve stress.
Phillips’ tips range from practical, such as “Get up 15 minutes earlier,” “Avoid tight fitting clothes,” and “Keep a journal,” to more creative suggestions such as “Tickle a baby,” “Hum a jingle,” or “Practice a monster smile.”
Our favorites include “Break large tasks into bite size portions,” “Dance a jig,” and “Freely praise other people.”
Here’s a closer look at the list: