Recently, I've had the pleasure (to turn a phrase) of experiencing one of the worst weeks of my middle school existence. I'll spare you the boring details of the action(s) and instead share some ways I've found that help me cope with similar situations as that dreadful week (the Week Which Shall Not be Named, as I've come to call it):
1. Read a good book
Now, I'm a reader with a passion. So, of course, this was my go-to move. But before y’'all let out that collective sigh of boredom I know is coming and provide me with those useless excuses about how reading is “boring” and “a waste of your time,” let me explain. Reading takes your mind off of the problem(s) at hand. A few books specifically have helped me. For 5th-7th graders, I recommend Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan; More specifically The Lightning Thief. I love the goofy twists on mythology and comedic relief. For 8th-12th, I actively suggest Paper Towns by John Green. The plot is mysterious and clever. The overall content makes me smile.
Still not impressed? Allow me to suggest:
2. Watch a good movie
This has roughly the same effect as reading does. Are you an action person? I suggest a good Marvel or D.C film. I personally love Wonder Woman or any of the Spiderman and Iron Man movies. Batman also rocks. There are also great movies like Maze Runner, Ocean’s 11, or Pirates of the Caribbean. More of a romantic? I suggest The Space Between Us or Grease. Retro? Allow me to point you in the direction of Star Wars, The Outsiders, Back to the Future, or Footloose. Any and all of these movies have helped me take my mind off things and enjoy myself for a while.
Then, of course, there's always:
3. Talk to a friend
We’ve all got one.
4. Go for a walk
This is scientifically proven to help relieve stress. We also all need to remember to look at the beauty that is nature every once and awhile.
7. Drink a strawberry smoothie
8. Put down your phone
I know it's hard to believe, but there's so much more to life than Snapchat filters and Candy Crush.
This list may not be for everyone, but I hope at least a few of you take some of my advice. So, next time you are feeling overwhelmed, put down your phone and pick up a book, I think it'll surprise you.