An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Upper School counselors Meredith Sjoberg and Serena Swanson

Upper School counselors Meredith Sjoberg and Serena Swanson shared a suggestion with students about managing anxiety during a stressful week.

We all are acutely aware of how many things are on our minds – globally, nationally, locally, and personally. And specifically, we know the presidential election is carrying a lot of emotion and uncertainty. While it will be addressed in many different ways throughout the week, we wanted to give you a quick suggestion on managing stress and anxiety.

Practice breathing. Deeply breathing. It may sound simple, but check in on your breathing at different times. When we are stressed, we often breathe in a very shallow way, sometimes even breathe rapidly as well. Here is one of the best breathing exercises – it can be done anytime/anywhere and is often known as square breathing. It goes like this: Breathe in for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 4. Breathe out for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 4. Repeat several times.

We recommend using this breathing a few times throughout the day and especially during times of high stress and worry. Take good care!