Beyond the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset

Beyond the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset

The Beyond the Classroom Blog Series includes tips and tricks from Westside's Counseling and Learning Support Teams. 


12.5.22 - Get the Stress Out

Written by Lauren Mathew, Counseling Intern


The holidays can be a fun an  exciting time, but research has shown that 38% of people say their stress increases during the holidays (The American Psychological Association). Here are some facts, tips, and tricks about stress.

- Stress releases hormones called cortisol and adrenaline, causing increased heart rate, increased body temperature, headaches, stomach aches, and more.

- A great first step to combatting stress is to recognize when we experience it the most. 

- A key to an efficient self-care plan is to be intentional with our skills and personalize them! Make them work for you. Think about different strategies to use in different spaces. 

- Oftentimes when taught deep breathing, we are told to take a big, deep breath in. One trick is to comfortably breathe deeply with your exhale breath longer than your inhale.

Stress Busting Strategies
  • Exercise
  • Art, like coloring
  • Journaling
  • Talking to a friend or professional
  • Doing something nice for someone else
  • Positive self-talk
  • Spending time in nature
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

Stress is hard, and it’s also part of our lives. Keeping these in mind allows us to experience but not hold on to our stress.