The world can sometimes feel big, stressful, and hard to deal with. BUT good news – there are ways you can cope with stress that actually makes things feel better, and there are people around you who can help you do it (even if it doesn’t feel like it all the time).
Ways to Cope
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Chat with someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or someone you talk with every day, either way, checking in with a friend helps us feel better. If you want to talk to someone anonymously, call one of these numbers:
Teen Link: 1-866-Teenlink (1-866-833-6546) Available 6pm–10pm PST
Teen Talk: 360-397-2428 Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST
Go for a hike, a walk in the park, or just walk around outside. Even if it’s raining, breathing fresh air feels great!
Find the sunny…and the funny
Laugh with friends, play a game, or watch a comedy. Giggling a little or rolling on the floor LOLing equally helps make everything a little bit easier to deal with.
Join a team, exercise with a group of friends, or go for a run/walk/hike on your own…or just DANCE.
Taking time to Zen out will calm you down and cheer you up. Try this video if you want a guided meditation.
Find time with your favorite furry friend
Find time with your favorite non-furry friend
Eat something healthy
Try a new recipe if you’re feeling adventurous!
Read something you love
Choose whatever interests you: a novel, a science journal article, a travel blog…the options are endless!
Remember, you have lots of people who care about you…
Your friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and other people around you who want to help if they can. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those in your community if you need them.
Did You Know?
Youth who are connected to caring adults are less likely to use marijuana.
School Counselor • Teacher • Coach • Siblings • Relative (yours or theirs)
(1-866-833-6546) Available 6pm–10pm PST
Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST