There are many pressures on children and young people and learning how to handle stress and find positive ways of coping with school and exams is essential for wellbeing. They are many things you can do to help deal with stress and as part of their PSHCE programme, 5th Form pupils at Wisbech Grammar School have been taking part in StressLESS Workshops. These sessions, run by Mrs Easthall and Miss Taylor, are designed to explain what is meant by 'stress', help pupils identify signs of stress in themselves and other people, and then develop an action plan to help reduce their own stress.
The most common were;
- Doing exercise or attending a yoga class
- Getting more sleep
- Eating more healthily,
- Going out with friends,
- Talking to someone about how you feel,
- Listening to music,
- Having a relaxing bath or attending a spa day
The pupils learnt that everyone experiences some form of stress or anxiety during their life, so it is important to find some way of releasing some of that stress or pressure so they feel that they can cope. All pupils left the session with their own personalised action plan detailing five small changes they are planning to make, and keep, for the next five weeks in order to reduce their stress levels. They were also reminded that there are lots of people in school who they can go to for advice or a friendly chat.
StressLESS is a stress-busting, stigma-tackling campaign for young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The campaign seeks to empower students (aged 12-18) to find positive ways of coping with school/college and exam stress. To find out more about the work they do you can visit their website