Pause, Connect, Reset
- PAUSE to talk with a trusted adult about what’s causing you stress. (In this case, talking to an adult isn’t tattling or telling on someone or something. It can be an important step in solving the stress.) The adult can be anyone you trust, and someone you go to for help – your older brother or sister, a parent, a teacher or counsellor.
- CONNECT - try to be honest and tell them what is bothering you, and how its making you feel.
- You can also CONNECT inside yourself and ask some questions to find out more. Are you too busy at school and with after school activities? Are you expecting too much from yourself – perfect report cards for example? Are you taking on too many problems of other people – your friends or family members? Do you feel you need to make someone else’s life better? If you answer yes to some of these questions it’s a clue to what you might need to talk about with someone.
- RESET and try to make sure you are healthy – are you getting enough sleep? Enough exercise? Are you eating a lot of junk or unhealthy food? Sometimes small things like going outside for fresh air and a walk or play in the park can make a big difference in how you feel.