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Be aware of false coping methods

False coping methods can be harmful! To really reduce your stress, avoid the following:

  • Using drugs or alcohol as a response to stressful feelings or situations. The stressful situation will still be there after the high has worn off, along with the added stresses that drug and alcohol use bring – negative health effects, financial stress and consequences of risky behaviour during the high.

  • Engaging in behaviours that might temporarily make you feel in control, but only add to stress in the end – bullying, cyberbullying, vandalism, graffiti or other criminal behaviour.

  • Giving in to peer pressure to feel better, and doing something you feel is wrong. This kind of activity harms self-esteem and has a negative effect on your self-image and confidence.