We were warned. The students ahead of us told us that we would have many responsibilities and not enough time. Yet somehow, it still snuck up on us. We second year students (and certainly some first year students) are stressed. We have all accepted this fact, but what to do about it? Here are a few of the 101 suggestions from the Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

  1. Avoid tight fitting clothes
  2. Avoid negative people
  3. Smile
  4. Be prepared for rain
  5. Tickle a baby
  6. Pet a friendly dog/cat
  7. Don’t know all the answers
  8. Say something nice to someone
  9. Teach a kid to fly a kite
  10. Walk in the rain
  11. Schedule play time into every day
  12. Stop saying negative things to yourself
  13. Visualize yourself winning
  14. Develop your sense of humor
  15. Dance a jig
  16. Say “hello” to a stranger
  17. Ask a friend for a hug
  18. Look up at the stars
  19. Learn to whistle a tune
  20. Do a brand new thing
  21. Buy yourself a flower
  22. Hum a jingle
  23. Plant a tree
  24. Feed the birds
  25. Learn a new doodle
  26. Memorize a joke
  27. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
  28.  Throw a paper airplane
  29. Learn the words to a new song
  30. Play patty cake with a toddler
  31. Go on a picnic
  32. Put air freshener in your car
  33. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  34. Write a note to a far away friend
  35. Go to a ball game and scream
  36. Practice a monster smile
For a full list of coping strategies (including more serious suggestions), click here: http://www2.honolulu.hawaii.edu/facdev/guidebk/teachtip/101ways.htm

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