By Ana-Sofia Gallardo Herreros
On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017, Sierra School students enjoyed two Health and Well-Being Workshops from Colorado State University undergraduate students in Psychology. The focus of these workshops was stress management. The workshops were great and super relevant! In both workshops, everyone sat in a circle and played games. In a first game, everyone put his or her name on a sticky note so we could get to know each other. Then a CSU student tossed a ball around with multiple questions about stress in our school and personal lives. We threw the ball to someone in the circle and needed to answer the question. Some of the questions were: “If you were an animal what would you like to be?”, “Which superpower would you like to have?”, “What do you do when you are stressed?”, “What tools do you use when you are stressed?” These questions built right on our “Self Care Kit Workshop” with Health and Well Being Coordinator, Molly Lou. Later, Bree, one of the CSU students, talked to us about the theme of stress in the body, as well as the different types of stress: good stress and bad stress. Good stress is when you have a lot of stress; but you know that it will lead you to positive outcomes: for example when you have to do an oral presentation and you are extremely nervous. At the end of the presentation you feel good and a release. Bad stress is when, for example, you have a conflict with one of your friends or family members, and the feeling is not something positive. At the end of the first CSU workshop day, CSU students told us to write some questions down, so they could answer them the second day of our workshop. On the second day, we sat in a circle and we played a game in which everyone had to say their name and then make a funny move with their body; as we went around the circle, we had to our own movement and repeat everyone’s else’s name and movement. Following that, we formed 3 groups of 5 to talk about stress in our lives. At the end of that activity, we played a game named Zip-Zap. The workshops were a super fun and interesting opportunity to learn about teen stress. Thank you CSU!
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