Be aware of false relaxation methods!
Try to avoid the following things – they can actually add to stress:
- 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 adds to stress in the end – bullying, cyberbullying, vandalism, graffiti or other criminal behaviour.
- Giving in to peer pressure to feel better, and doing something that others tell you will help your stress, but that you know is wrong. This kind of activity harms self-esteem and has a negative effect on your self-image and confidence.