Level Three. Stress.

Level Three. Stress.

By Michelle Lloyd.

Lately New One had been given a lot to think about. His routine of school had shifted about and he was doing practically everything at home. Any kind of change could bring about disruption but for New One, what was happening in his life at the moment, felt immense.

They dreaded it. They feared it. It was not discussed by his family for fear of stressing him out. School work had become the thing of hushed whispers, muted tones and defiant but desperate looks.

New One  believed that if he was less tense then surely he would do better. That was the idea but as many good ideas went, they were far easier in thought than practice. New One tried not to think about it, stress would start to seep in though and before he knew it, how to do his school work tasks and meet all the objectives were the only subject of his thoughts.

It had started to interrupt his enjoyment of even his favourite subjects, the what if scenarios would creep about him and put him off doing his work. Instead New One walked himself through horrific scene after scene in which one he had written all the wrong answers to the questions and it was too late to do anything about it, in another it was his parents who were doing all they could to juggle their own work with his, but in their attempts they had all ended up missing their deadlines and failing beyond their wildest nightmares. Every one of these scenarios left him demoralised and confused.

None of this anxiety was helping New One. Seeing his distress his parents decided to do something to aid him and they found that they all could do with a bit of work and play management.

At first New One did not think it could help at all, he felt talking with his friends could only make him feel worse because after all, he could not physically be with them but in the end and after a bit of rallying from his parents he decided that he had nothing to lose.

Facetiming with his friends actually boosted New One’s spirits no end and it had a good influence on his parents too, both were much happier to see him so more like himself again.

Putting small, simple but significant tips in place meant that New One found his school work quickly got back on track. Techniques such as using a schedule for dedicated study, playtime and meeting up with friends, albeit on his tablet, these all helped to strengthen his mental and subsequently his physical wellbeing.

It was useful and positive progress that a bit of structured work and play could give and instead of stress and strains, New One would Stress it Out of himself and thereby feel the better for it in both body and mind.