Be aware of false coping methods
False coping methods can be harmful! To really reduce your stress, avoid the following:
- Using drugs or alcohol as a response to stressful feelings or situations. The stressful situation will still be there after the high has worn off, along with the added stresses that drug and alcohol use bring – negative health effects, financial stress and consequences of risky behaviour during the high.
- Engaging in behaviours that might temporarily make you feel in control, but only add to stress in the end – bullying, cyberbullying, vandalism, graffiti or other criminal behaviour.
- Giving in to peer pressure to feel better, and doing something you feel is wrong. This kind of activity harms self-esteem and has a negative effect on your self-image and confidence.