Healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with stress

Using an online bulletin board system, like Padlet, have students brainstorm and categorize healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with stress.

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As pressure mounts in high school, students may turn to different ways to release stress. Some behaviors may be healthy, like exercise and talking to friends or counselors. Others may be destructive, like substance abuse or social isolation.

Making a board listing all of these behaviors,  then having students decide whether the behaviors are healthy or unhealthy, allows students to voice their own good and experiences, to learn some good behaviors from each other, and generate discussion about what makes a healthy or unhealthy act.

Making it an online bulletin board allows for anonymity, which may allow students more freedom to share. 

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This was informed by an activity that some of our upper school advisors did with their advisory groups.


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Photo of JD Ferries-Rowe

Cameron, have you had a chance to build and prototype this yet? We have been playing around with something similar regarding bias in news literacy. I could imagine you collecting the behaviors through an anonymous quiz that is then converted to a quick "healthy or unhealthy" binary. Students could even see and reflect on where they different in their response to the overall class ("Oh, i thought that was healthy but 70% of the class disagreed with me") -- excellent project idea!

Photo of Raquel Coelho

Great! I love this and feel it is so desperately necessary to teach people how to deal with stress. There should even be a practical, where in a safe space kids could dig into what makes them angry, and how to deal with it. How to move that energy.