Editor’s Note: In our September issue, we kicked off our brand new back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy. In it, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members—or your students! The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.
Teachers, I know you’ve been there, and so have your students: That moment when a list of seemingly small stressors—the pile of work, next period’s exam, the fact that you forgot your lunch (again)—all compound to suddently send you straight into meltdown mode. Surely you’ve got your go-to coping strategies by now, but are your students equipped to stop a stress-storm in its tracks? Here at Choices, we believe having a stay-calm tactic is among the most essential of the essential life skills. (After all, it’s the thing you have to be able to do before you can move on to other problem-solving strategies!) That’s why we were thrilled when Luis, a high school senior in Texas, was brave enough to ask us for help as part of our October Life Skills Made Easy column.