Life Swap: Dealing with change
This is actually a pretty mad experiment we asked Ben and Joe to do – they swapped lives COMPLETELY to see what it’s like to live in someone’s else shoes and experience change in every aspect of their life. A different home, a new parent, a new school with new subjects and new people… All these things at once is hectic, but in isolation these changes happen all the time and learning how to deal with the stresses that come alongside them is just so important to stop you totally freaking out.
Soooooo starting out in a new place is stressful, right? You’re worried about messing up and having no friends, you don’t know anyone, and you feel out of place. What can you do?!? Talking to people is scary, but so rewarding – after all, how did you meet the friends you have now if you didn’t talk to them..? You’ll end up chatting to those new people again, and then before you know it *lightbulb moment* you’ve made a new friend. Getting involved in clubs and activities is also good for meeting new people AND burning off steam and de-stressing, so if you need a way to deal with exam stress…
Don’t worry – there’s a happy ending here for Ben and Joe! They returned home with a new appreciation for the family and friends, and the lesson for YOU is that having people to back you up – and making sure you’re just as supportive in return – is the best way to deal with student stress when you’re going through changes.