Hello All. My name is Felisha. I am 16 years old and I live in Franklin County, Vermont. I am a part of Speak Out For Military Kids, or SOMK. Lately we have been discussing the causes of stress, kinds of stress but mostly how to deal with it. For me, stress is a very real problem. I am the daughter of a Captain in the Army National Guard. My dad being in the guard sometimes adds a lot of extra stress to my somewhat chaotic life. I have SIX siblings. Two older sisters and three younger sisters and one younger brother. I am headed off to college in Virginia at the end August, I'm really excited but so nervous. So as you can see I a lot of things on my plate and that often causes me to be stressed. I know you might be worried or really stressed too, so I thought I would share my different ways I get rid of stress and cope with the situations I'm put in.

    Stress Erasers
  • Listen to my favorite music. I find that when I listen to my music I can feel better and have a better attiude towards the problems or worry I am facing. When my Dad was deployed I listened to music all the time and before I knew it he was home again safe and sound. This also works well for me when I'm worried about a school assignment, I'll turn up my tune while I study and it really helps.
  • Another thing that really helps is calling up my best friend and just venting to her. She is there to listen and knows just what to say that calms me down and lets me look at the situation I'm in in a different way so its not so overwhelming. You can do the same by calling up a close friend and asking if they will listen to you so you can feel better.
  • The last thing I sometimes do is draw or wrirte. I would grab my sketchbook and go somewhere I felt confortable then I would just draw out my feelings or sometimes journal about it. This helped me get the overwhelming stress out of my system and feel at peace.

    STRESS ERASERS

  • Listen to my favorite music. I find that when I listen to my music I can feel better and have a better attiude towards the problems or worry I am facing. When my Dad was deployed I listened to music all the time and before I knew it he was home again safe and sound. This also works well for me when I'm worried about a school assignment, I'll turn up my tune while I study and it really helps.
  • Another thing that really helps is calling up my best friend and just venting to her. She is there to listen and knows just what to say that calms me down and lets me look at the situation I'm in in a different way so its not so overwhelming. You can do the same by calling up a close friend and asking if they will listen to you so you can feel better.
  • The last thing I sometimes do is draw or wrirte. I would grab my sketchbook and go somewhere I felt confortable then I would just draw out my feelings or sometimes journal about it. This helped me get the overwhelming stress out of my system and feel at peace.
    What I Like To Do
  • I love going swimming and especially going to the beach with my friends!
  • I love playing capture the flag in big groups, its a great game and I'm really competitive
  • I wrestled on my high school team and I'm trying to start a collge team at my college.
  • I have tons of fun dancing, (even by myself), but its always more fun with friends.