Count on CARL: How to Manage Stress and Unwind Over the Weekend


Picture this: It’s close to midnight, and you have school the next day. Instead of being in bed, you’re up late working on a project that’s due tomorrow. As much as you want to sleep, you continue to stay up and work. The due date is looming, the work needs to be submitted, but more and more keeps piling up. 

Does this situation sound familiar? If that’s the case, it sounds like you may have trouble managing your stress. But don’t worry! CARL is here to help! Here are some ways that you can make sure to give yourself a break and manage that stress:

  1. Reach out to someone you trust. One of the best ways to relax is to talk to someone close to you, whether it’s a friend, family member, or even a teacher at your school. Discussing your worries, troubles, or even just talking with someone you trust is a great way to get any unwanted stress off your back.
  2. Focus your energy into something you love. Do you have any fun hobbies? Whether it is baking, knitting, or even beekeeping, pushing that energy into your hobby is another option to properly destress yourself. 
  3. Get some fresh air. In quarantine, it can be hard to find time to get out there and take some time for yourself. However, if you get the chance, a long walk or run outside can actually be very beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Even just looking out at the trees and birds will calm your nerves and help ease any stress that you might be facing. 
  4. Exercise. Not only is it a great way to get excess energy out, but it’s also been proven to improve your focus and concentration. It’s also a great way to spend time with a friend! Going on morning runs together, or even a bike ride is a great way to catch up and stay healthy. (Keep social distancing rules in mind.)
  5. Practice positive self-talk. Although this may seem unhelpful, practicing positive self talk and affirmations can get you into the mindset of being more confident and improving your stress. Even just looking in the mirror and saying, “I can do this!” can really benefit you in the long run!