Between chores, seeing your friends and doing your homework, it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.
Take a deep breath – we’ve got you covered. These tips will help you cope when you feel stressed out.
List it up
Make a list of all the things you need to do at the start of each week. Include chores (like cooking and cleaning), fun stuff (like hanging out with your friends), and school work.
What are the most important things on your list? What needs to be done today and what can be done later in the week? By ordering the things you need to do, you can focus on a few things each day rather than feeling overwhelmed by a mountain of tasks! Break up bigger tasks into smaller pieces. It will feel easier to tackle this way.
Take care of yourself
By looking after yourself, you’ll be able to tackle your to-do list more easily. Do something just for you at least once a day, like setting aside five minutes to drink a cup of tea before doing your homework.
Talk to your parents or an adult when you’re feeling stressed out about the amount of school work you have. Explain that you have a lot of school work this week and ask if you can trade chores with a sibling or make up for it by doing a bigger share the next week. When your friends want to hang out all afternoon, but you have a test to study for, hang out for a short while before heading home to study. You can also try studying together – but be careful about getting distracted by chatting instead of working.