December 16, 2018
Dear Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes,
Semester exams begin tomorrow. I know that means some of you will be stressed. Grades do matter, of course, and that means that the next four school days will make some of you anxious, maybe even worried. I hope you know that it is absolutely normal to feel this way, sometimes (not always, sometimes). The truth is that no one gets to live a 100% stress-free life, so it is important to learn to manage the stress you cannot avoid.
The following article is meant for sponsors of Kiwanis Builders Clubs, but you may find it helpful:
Stress is part of life. We can’t ignore it or run away from it, but we can learn to manage our response to stressors. When we do this we’re more optimistic, think more clearly, learn more effectively, feel more connected to others and are better at responding instead of reacting.
Before we can learn to manage our stress response, we need to know what stress feels like in the body. Knowing this helps us recognize what’s happening so we can act. Take a moment to think about what you feel when experiencing stress. Does your heart race? Do you feel jittery or ill? Do you lose focus and shut down? Think about what situations evoke these feelings.
Now that you know what to watch for, embrace the calm in these situations by doing one of the following practices based on Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Share these practices with club members to help them manage their stress…
Continue reading at http://www.buildersclub.org/news/18-10-04/De-stress_for_better_connection.aspx.
As always, I thank you for being a good, decent person with service in your heart.