May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With the pressure of grades, AP testing, final tests and projects facing students in the month of May, it is a good time to take a look at how to deal with anger and frustration.

Tips for Coping:

  • Pause before reacting. Take deep breaths, count, or find ways to give yourself distance between you and what is upsetting you.
  • Change your surroundings. Go to another room or step outside for a few minutes of fresh air.
  • Get it all out. Venting your anger helps. You can pretend to talk directly at a person or situation you feel angry at.
  • Release built up energy. Exercise is a great way to get rid of extra energy and can improve your mood.
  • Get organized. Dedicate a few minutes each day to tidying, planning, or reorganizing.
  • Eliminate stressors if possible. Sometimes there’s simply no way to get rid of a big problem, but there’s often more than just one issue contributing to your frustration. See if you can make small changes to improve a challenging situation to make it less burdensome.
  • Manage your expectations. Negative feelings often stem from people or situations not meeting your standards or assumptions. Shift your mental framework so that you aren’t setting yourself up for disappointment.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are trying to cope with your anger but feel like you can’t get it under control, it’s time to ask for extra support.

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