Just when everything seems to be groovy—kaboom!—life tosses
you an icky curve ball. Maybe it’s a school crisis. Or your BFF is icing you.
Or, yikes, someone told your BFF that your BF is kinda over you. But you don’t
have to panic at the first hint of Big Trouble. Learn to think your way out of
any surprise scenario—freakout-free!
Believe in the power of you
Take a deep breath, and tell yourself, “I’m smart and strong
enough to handle this—no sweat!” Then don’t doubt yourself for a sec. Having
faith in your ability to take care of biz clears your head so you can
brainstorm a solution.
Face the prob
Don’t go all ostrich and stick your head in the sand, hoping
everything will magically disappear. Be real about what has happened, and
resolve to take action. That said, don’t strain your brain worrying about silly
stuff that won’t amount to a hill o’ beans. So you turned up at the Spring
Fling in the same dress as that evil cheerleader Cara. Who cares?
Get the 411
It’s super-important to gather the info you need to scope
out the sitch. Rumor has it that your basketball coach is benching you for the
next few games? Before you freak, you need to get the facts straight. Go to the
coach and tell her what you heard. You might discover that it was just a bogus
rumor. But if the coach tells you it’s true? Talk to her about why she’s
sidelining you, and get pointers as to what you need to do to get back on the
Don’t stress or obsess
When you’re socked with a shocker, it’s natural to want to
run the scenario over and over in your mind, trying to figure out exactly why
things went down the way they did. Don’t torture yourself! Rotten stuff just
Say your BF Jason drops you for another girl. Sure, it’s
gonna bum you out, but talking about it with a bud can really help. Know that
you can’t worry about it 24/7. It’s crucial to keep the rest of your life
chugging along strong. Stay positive by focusing on your favorite
activities—hanging with your girls, keeping up with Veronica Mars, relaxing in
a yummy vanilla-scented bubble bath.
Increase the peace
Sometimes, the only way to deal with a sitch is to make
peace with it. With certain things in life, you can’t affect the outcome. If
your ’rents tell you the fam’s moving 3,000 miles away, then that’s what’s
gonna happen. Rather than losing it, get excited about the future. Just think
about all the new friends you’re gonna make and all the new things you’re gonna
be able to see and do! It sounds corny but, sometimes, what looks like the end
of the world actually turns out to be the best thing that could have happened
Get your game on
Life will always be unpredictable. Don’t
bother wishing your brains out that nothing bad will ever happen to
you—instead, know that you can take control of most icky sitches. Are you calm?
For sure. Have the facts? Indeed. Clear on what’s happening? Yep. Now, put your
problem-solving plan into action. Then keep rockin’ and rollin’ at it until you
feel better about what felt so bad. You are so up to the challenge!
BY LISA MULCAHY ON 3/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN stress, stress busters, bust school stress