The word “stress” has many meanings. It can be a noun — emotional and physical pressure you experience. (“Homework is such a major stress!”) It can also be a verb — emotional and physical reactions in your body as a result of the pressure. (“Homework is totally stressing me out!”) Stress can also be subjective, meaning it can be good or bad depending on the person experiencing it. (Maybe you love doing homework!)
Nevertheless, when people talk about stress, they’re usually talking about negative stress. This is the bad kind — and it’s important to know how to recognize and deal with it. When you feel negative stress, you also often feel anxious, frustrated or angry. It can also show up in your body — with a stomachache or headache.
So what can you do when you’re feeling negative stress? One GREAT thing is… (surprise!) yoga. Another great thing to do is to use a stress ball — a squishy toy you can squeeze when life gets challenging.
Balloon Squeeze Balls
Create these super-cute Balloon Squeeze Balls for yourself — or for someone special!
- Permanent Markers
- Blow up the balloons, then release them — to stretch them out.
- Use the funnel to fill the balloons with flour.
- Tie the ends of the balloons. (Get a grown-up for help!)
- Draw faces on the balloons with a permanent marker.