The following are ten ideas for coping with stress I found in his book. Check it out and the other books noted at the end.
A REPERTOIRE OF COPING SKILLS
Identify and then address the problem.
- Identify the concern and break it into manageable step
- What brings you down or always gets to you?
- Usually - people, places, and things
- Some problems we are powerless to change - like the weather
- When we contribute to our communities we put aside our own problems
- You learn that it feels good to give and you will more easily seek help from another person
- Exercise can change the body and make it stronger and better able to withstand all kinds of challenges
- Exercise can transform moods, have ongoing effect on anxiety and depression, can help alertness, focus, and concentration
- Guided meditation, visualization, and progressive relaxation are some useful techniques
- A healthy body helps us manage stress
- Adolescents - 9 to 10 hours
- 5 to 11 year olds - 10 to 11 hours
- 3 to 5 year olds - 11 to 13 hours
- Take instant vacations.
- Visualization, hobbies, reading, baths, take pleasure in the simple things
- Find ways to release emotional energy: use creative energy, artistic expression, spirituality, journaling, talking with people who have earned trust, laughter, crying.
Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Kenneth Ginsburg MD
What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
Helping Your Anxious Child 2nd Edition by Rapee, Wignall, Spence, Cobham, Lyneham
What is a Thought (A Thought is a Lot) by Pransky and Kahofer
You are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke