Ever feel like you need to hit the reset button—fast? Here are some quick tips to help you recharge on the fly.
Submitted by Hayley N. from Maple Grove High School
Go with your gut - it's usually right!
Be a leader. Help others. Make a difference.
Skip the text and talk instead. Phone calls are best for deeper, more thoughtful conversations.
Get cozy! Snuggle with your pet or your favorite blanket.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new - a sport, recipe or volunteer opportunity!
Find a new recipe and channel your inner chef.
Make yourself some tea and find a cozy place to gather your thoughts.
Don’t be afraid to fail, often starting something is the hardest part.
Doing someone a favor can give you a mood boost too!
Let loose and have some fun.
Yellow, pink, orange, blue, and green are proven to be the best colors for boosting your mood.
Near or far, even if you can't take a trip, close your eyes and let your imagination wander.
If you can't keep your thoughts straight, take 5 minutes to tidy up your space.
Eating healthy is important, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a sweet treat from time to time!
Everyone needs to sneak in a cat nap now and then.
Let someone teach you a new skill, you never know when it may come in handy
Lend a hand in the garden
Take a drive to clear your head
Nearly everything takes practice, don’t give up!
Find a cause you care about, and volunteer a little of your time
Turn on your favorite playlist and tune the rest out
Keep a list of the things you hope to do in your life
Submitted by Clare H. from Orono High School
Submitted by Bauer G. from Centennial High School
Submitted by Rebecca B. from White Bear Lake High School (North Campus)
Lift. It'll build more than your muscles.
Take a hike (in a good way)! Grab some buddies to join you!
Explore the great outdoors each season - you may find a new liking to unexplored elements.
Not every day is a good day, but it's important to remember there will be good days ahead.
Fresh air can feel good, no matter the weather.
Find a new bike path and go explore.
Exercise is a great way to keep your mind and body performing at top speed.
In all your commitments, give it everything you’ve got.
Winning the race takes practice, just keep at it.
Whether on the court or in your schoolwork - take a shot!
Organizing your things can be a great way to keep your mind in order too
Get out there, adventure awaits!
Keep your mind on the goal
Be strong and proud to be the person
You are stronger than you know
Give yourself some fresh air and take a stroll around the block
Don’t avoid your commitments, confront the head-on
Submitted by Nina V. from Centennial High School
Submitted by Ali C. from Andover High School
Submitted by Brandon N. from Eastview High School
Submitted by Brianna T. from Andover High School
Submitted by Addie D. from Our Lady of Peace Catholic School, Minneapolis
Submitted by Allea E. from White Bear Lake Area Schools North Campus
Submitted by Maddy W-S. from Andover High School
Submitted by Ava M. from Andover High School
Talk it out - with a friend!
Pause. Take a moment to focus in on what you hear, smell and feel.
Prioritize sleep. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
Keep going. You'll be glad you did.
Treat yourself - fresh flowers, a walk in the sunshine or simply slowing down may be just what you need today!
Recharge with a good book, calming music or peaceful silence.
Make a list of your goals, both big and small.
Sometimes a good cry is all you need.
Show the people in your life how much you care.
Stress can be magnified when you’re hungry, so fuel up.
Talking things out with someone you trust can help lighten the load.
It takes practice.
Look for something small to smile about today.
Dive in with a positive attitude!
Plan a family game night.
Today is your day to shine.
Lists help us keep things straight and make a plan to get things done.
It it's a mess in your room or a mess with your friends, be proactive and sort things out.
Be kind to yourself, failure is part of life and only makes you stronger.
Don't cry over spilled ice cream, clean up your mess and keep going.
Submitted by Linae E. from St. Timothy's, Buffalo,
Don’t overthink everything, sometimes you just have to trust your gut
Over half of your body is made of water, so drink up!
Prepare ahead of time, and go in with a positive attitude.
Some decisions are better made after a good night’s sleep.
Plan out breaks while working on a big project and stick to it!
Try journaling as a way to deal with stress
Don't let anything stop you!
Focus your mind on the task at hand, and don’t let those distracting thoughts in
Things might not make sense right now, but eventually you’ll get where you need to go
When you come to a problem, try looking at it from someone else’s perspective and give yourself some advice!
Prioritizing is a crucial skill
Be open-minded and accepting of the people in your life
Submitted by Rylie S. from North St. Paul High School
Submitted by Miah B. from Eastview High School
Laugh. Every. Day.
Nourish yourself with nature's best flavors.
Be mindful. What do you see, smell and hear.
Keep at it, and you’re sure to see improvement.
Clear your mind and focus on the task at hand.
Whatever your sport or hobby, set a new goal and go after it!
We all have different activities that make us smile. Find yours!
Everyone has the power to be creative, express yourself!
Hold a door, do an extra chore, or lend a hand to someone in need
Don’t overthink it, sometimes less is more
Think big, the possibilities are endless
Write down something you are grateful for.
Submitted by Victoria D. from Hastings High School
Submitted by Jason T. from North St. Paul High School
Submitted by Rythima R. from Paranassus Prep School, Maple Grove
Clear your mind by focusing on the here and now.
Rub-a-dub-dub - it's time to relax in the tub!
Brighten your day the natural way!
Self-care is important, make time in your day to relax.
Replace a less-healthy snack with fruits and veggies to give your brain an extra boost of goodness.
Grab some popcorn and tune in to your favorite show.
Let your friends know that they you’re there for them.
Find a quiet space to gather your thoughts.
Looking back at good memories is a great way to reflect on all the positive things in your life.
Savor small moments, like a scenic drive.
Reach out, we all need a hug sometimes.
Hang that test you aced up on the fridge and be proud of all you accomplish.
Start every day like it’s brand new
A positive attitude leads to positive outcomes
Get lost in a book.
Let go of distractions and focus on your surroundings
Crack a smile
Take deep breaths when you feel yourself start to panic
Get outside for a break. Breathe in the healing power of fresh air.
Stop what you are doing and take 10 deep, long breaths.
Thoughts are powerful! Pause and pay attention to yours.
Take a Bath or Shower
Take a whiff of something wonderful… a flower, lavender oil, an orange.
Take a short walk.
Listen to your favorite song or music genre.
Turn off your phone for three minutes (disconnect from technology) and breathe.
Daydream; think happy thoughts.
Grab a stress ball and give it some good, hard squeezes.
Notice your posture. Bad posture can lead to increased stress, muscle tension and pain. If you’re stuck at your desk most of the day, slouching can result. Lift your head, elongate your spine and drop your shoulders. Breathe.
Lie down and close your eyes for a bit.
Stressed people speak fast and breathe shallow. By slowing down your speech you’ll feel less anxious and more in control of any situation.
Read something just for fun.
Drink a glass of water or a cup of tea.
Practice getting to know what kinds of things trigger stress for you. Be curious about your reaction and how it makes you feel then get creative about ways to just let it go. Breathing helps.
Have a snack you enjoy. While chewing your food, practice mindful eating by paying attention to the texture and flavor.
If there are clouds, look for objects, animals and faces in them.
Journal your thoughts – either on paper or on your phone.
Organize something: Your locker, a part of your room, your school binder.
Find an inspirational poem or saying that you like and write it down or memorize it.
If you have long hair, braid it.
Doodle on a piece of paper.
Build a fort using whatever you have (a blanket, a desk, pillows, a big box) then relax in it.
Do a quick muscle relaxation: Tense different parts of your body and hold for several seconds. Then release.
Play music and notice how the beat and rhythm feels inside of you. Move your head or body, sway or dance to express how it feels to you.
Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass (but not in the winter when it is really cold outside!)
Learn to juggle. It uses different parts of your brain and changes the rut stress creates.
Sit up straight and interlock your fingers behind your head. Pull your elbows back, stretching your upper back and chest muscles. Bring your elbows forward. Repeat.
If you’ve been sitting a lot, stand up and walk around.
Reward yourself when you make it through a stressful day. Recharge and energize yourself with a favorite book or activity.
Find a form of exercise YOU enjoy, schedule time to do it.
Do something that makes you laugh
Scratch a dog behind the ears or play with a pet
Do a good deed or volunteer
Say something kind to someone, in person or in a text or email.
Try out a relaxation technique such as meditation or guided imagery
Talk about your feelings with a friend, parent or someone else you’re close to
Stop comparing yourself to others; it only puts you in a negative mindset.
Don’t chase perfect, chase perfectly healthy and happy.
Use the thumb and index finger of one hand to squeeze the soft spot between the thumb and index finger of the other. Hold and count to three. Switch sides.
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