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Self-regulation resources and training to support children’s mental health

Deep Breathing – tools to manage stress 

Deep breathing is a fantastic way to help manage stress and anxiety.  It is impossible to be in a state of high emotion when breathing deeply.

Find out what causes you stress 

. Note possible triggers, and reduce the impact of these by changing your thoughts and behaviours.

. Adopt a healthy lifestyle 

. By eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, and getting regular rest, your body is better able to cope with stress when it occurs.

. Know your limitations and do not take on too much

. Stress can be caused by taking on too much, delegate and set boundaries to avoid over committing yourself.

. Manage your time effectively

. Prioritise your tasks, completing the most important jobs first.  Don’t put off the unpleasant tasks, avoidance causes a great deal of stress.

. Avoid unnecessary conflict 

. Seek a win-win resolution to a dispute so both parties can achieve a positive outcome.

. Accept the things you cannot change

. Changing a difficult situation is not always possible. If this proves to be the case, recognise and accept things as they are and concentrate on all that you do have control over.

. Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries

. To perform effectively take short 10-15 minute breaks during the day to relax.  And don’t forget to use your annual holiday allowance!

. Find time to meet friends

. Catching up with friends can help us to relax.  In turn, this boosts the immune system, which is depleted during times of stress.

. Try to see things differently, develop a positive thinking style

. If something is concerning you, talk to a friend, colleague or family member. They could help you to see things from a different perspective, reducing stress.

. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms. 

. Over time these coping mechanisms will just add to the problem.