Relax, it's important!
The first step to learning to relax is to understand what happens to you when you are stressed.
- Do your muscles get tense?
- Do you feel cranky?
- Do you experience headaches?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
Then you need to work out what type of relaxation works for you. Some people need lots of exercise to help reduce stress but others prefer something quiet, like yoga or meditation. Practising relaxation regularly can really help you to cope with whatever stress comes your way.
Some relaxation techniques are also ‘portable’ (eg. deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation) because you can do them wherever you are. This can come in handy at work, school or when you are out with your mates. You can also download some relaxation apps (like Smiling Mind) to your phone or tablet so you can use them anytime.