This webpage is designed for parents to discuss together with your students the topic of stress, feelings and worry. We These activities are optional and easy to do.
Mrs. Profito and Miss. Megan
Coping with Stress Activities
Kindergarten to Second Grade
“Give your stress wings and let it fly away” - Terri Guillemets
Students will learn about what makes them worry and how to cope with stressful situations.
- Definition: Stress is what you feel when you worry or uncomfortable about something (KidsHealth)
- Read the “What if” Situations:
- When playing tag, what if you are always “it”?
- Would this cause you worry and what does it look like?
- Sweaty palms
- Avoiding playing
- Tummy ache
- What can be done?
- Talk it through with your friends
- Ask for help from a trusted adult
- Choose another activity when you no longer want to play
- What if I studied really hard for my spelling test and forgot the words?
- How do you feel while taking the test or after the test is over?
- Upset stomach
- Sweaty Palms
- What can be done?
- Wait and see what you got on the test
- Talk to your teacher
- Take a deep breath and remind yourself, it is just one test
- Discuss how worry situations usually do not last long and it is necessary to move past the feelings of “worry”.
- Role play the “what if scenarios”
Third Grade to Fifth Grade
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James
To identify the difference against real and imaginary situations that could worry you.
- Discuss real worries versus imaginary worries
- Sometimes people worry when they see a scary movie. They know it is pretend while they are watching it, but when they go to bed, they begin to worry about what they saw will happen to them.
- Another example of worry, that is not real, might be to imagine having a spelling test and, although studying for the test the night before, can’t remember how to spell any of the words. Perhaps not all the words will be spelled correctly, but if studied, most words will probably be correct.
- Talk about what to do when you are having imaginary fears. Who can you talk to?
Sixth to Eighth Grade
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life, as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” - Dr. Wayne H. Dyer
To teach students stress-relieving techniques through relaxation and visualization.
- 1. I want you to think of a positive activity that gives you a feeling of energy and strength. This can be something that you do well, like playing an instrument or a sport.
- 2. While thinking about your positive activity, Take a deep breath through your nose and let it out through your mouth. Count to three to yourself while breathing in. Repeat this 3 times.
- 3. Now you should be feeling more relaxed. This technique is a reminder of how you are in control over your stress.
- Discuss how relaxation and visualization can decrease stress and worry.
- Practice this activity when not stressed so that your body is used to this technique when utilizing it under stress.
All Activities and quotes are shared and developed by Groups to Go by Arden Martenz