PowerofYouth Student Leader Toolkit

# ProtectUrSelfie Create positive ways to deal with stress that are alcohol-free and drug-free.

Take care of yourself. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, and get enough sleep. When stressed or anxious, take deep breaths. Science shows that repeating deep, slow breaths can help reduce anxiety and make you feel calmer. 3


Focus on what you can control.

Think through the situation. What do you feel you have control over and what do you feel is out of your control? What are other approaches to the problem that you can control? What potential opportunities could this situation create?


Find your support system.


Set your goals.

Be honest with your friends. Let them know you aren’t interested in drinking alcohol or using marijuana. Talk about how you are feeling with friends and family. Talking can help shine a light on a solution you hadn’t considered. Spend time with positive people, doing positive things. If a friend makes you anxious or feel bad about yourself, find

You have big dreams, but the trick to achieving them is to narrow those dreams into actionable steps. Create a vision board to help you visualize your goals. Try using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal writing approach.

friends who have similar values or goals as you.

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