A sound stress management program:
Thinking about Resources to Use in Dealing with Stress
This activity may be useful for older children, adolescents, parents and other caregivers, or for caregivers considering the stressors facing a younger child.
Think of something that has happened recently or is happening in your life now that you are finding stressful and you would like to deal with better.
1. Draw a diagram like the one here; starting in the middle DEMAND box where you outline the demand which you are thinking about. Then list your resources for dealing with the DEMAND.
2. Reflecting on the diagram above, list next to the circles marked "r" the resources you have, that could make a difference to the demand. For example:
I may not have had a good night's sleep for weeks
because my child is waking at night.
Some "r's" may be more useful for more than one box. Look over the diagram you have drawn:
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If you liked this stress management program, you may be interested in our video-discussion package "Stressed Out & Growing Up". It considers the definition of stress, types of stress facing growing children, individual difference in responding to stress and a stress management program for coping with stress.
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