Coping Skills

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10268

Stress is a big word these days. Everybody seems to be stressed about something. When you are feeling stressed out, here are some coping skills you can practice and a fun, helpful project you create!


Health and Wellness

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


You tried out for a local band, but you didn't make it. It was a dream of yours to be a part of this band. You practiced for months and you are very upset. The band told you that you didn't play the guitar well enough. You were so upset that you broke your guitar. Now, on top of everything, your mom is mad at you, too. What’s the best way to handle this situation?

Take a moment to honestly answer the following questions, even if you don't feel like it:

  • How do you feel when you have a million things to do for school and home?
  • How do you feel when you hear a suspicious sound, especially if you are at home alone?
  • How do you feel before you are in a performance or a game?
  • How do you feel if you are snubbed by classmates or people you thought were friends?

These are all common triggers of stress.

  • What is stress?

Please read or listen to the following KidsHealth article: The Story on Stress. As you read, take a few notes on stress.

Stress is part of life; it affects every single one of us. Some people have more stress than others and some manage stress better than others. Too much stress can affect your mood, your relationships, and your school performance. It is important to identify signs of stress, how it affects you, and what you can do about it. (Retrieved from

Please watch the following CNN video, Generation stressed: teens boiling over about stress:


Please read the following CDC article about long- and short-term stress: Feeling Stressed Out?, then visit the following CDC link to access the Got Butterflies? Game.

Work with a sibling, friend, or parent, and discuss the following questions retrieved from

  • How can stress be both bad and good?
  • What do you see as the biggest stressors for kids your age?
  • What have been big stressors for you? Can you remember how you felt at the time? What were you thinking? What was your body doing?

When you are ready, continue to the Got It? section to learn some coping skills.

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