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How CLE Students Deal with Stress

by the CLE Team at Fort Lauderdale

When life gives you lemons

When life throws you lemons, we all need to make lemonade!

The thing is, as long as you live in this world, you are subjected to life’s ups and downs, the good and bad, the positives and the negatives. You are not the only person facing challenges on a daily basis. What sets you apart from others is how you choose to deal with this situation.

College Living Experience students at the Fort Lauderdale center were asked what they do when they are feeling overwhelmed.


When I am stressed out I like singing at the top of my lungs and I feel better… And I particularly like to sing Katie Perry songs.

I love taking walks and listening to music.

Coloring helps to reduce stress

I love adult coloring books. They have great designs you can color.

My way of coping is less an action or activity, but more a disposition. I tell myself, it is just stress, it won’t kill me.

I like drawing my own anime. It relaxes me.

I generally like to listen to somber music because it helps improve my mood.

I like drawing, it helps me.
– Gaby

I like listening to upbeat music such as One Direction.

Watching comedies can be helpful in reducing stress

I watch comedies.

As the students sat around the table discussing coping strategies during focus group, they easily started pointing out techniques that are helpful for reducing stress. Below are a list of a few negative coping skills that should be avoided since they hinder one’s mental health and can lead to other long lasting issues.

    Ways to manage stress

  • Criticizing yourself (negative self-talk)
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Chewing fingernails
  • Becoming aggressive or violent
  • Eating too much or too little or drinking a lot of coffee
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Yelling
  • Taking a recreational drug, or misusing prescription medicine
  • Avoiding friends and family

Coping skills are methods a person uses to deal with stressful situations. Obtaining and maintaining good coping skills takes practice to live a peaceful, happy life!

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