Cognitive Skills

Cognitive skills for stress management have to do with paying attention to our thoughts, and understanding that thoughts lead to feelings, and thoughts +feelings are what lead to behaviors.

Helping students become aware of negative/worry thoughts, as well as other early signs of stress, will in turn help them learn to act early to reduce stress.  The earlier we are aware of our stress warning signs, the more likely we are to intervene with a healthy strategy.

Examples of cognitive skills:

  • problem solving skills
  • decision making skills
  • distraction techniques
  • knowledge of cognitive distortions (for high school students and adults)

In-class activities

Warning Signs: Instructions and Handouts>>

Worry-distraction techniques.  We spent a lot of time in the student workshop talking about this.  Here are some additional ideas:
Clock mini >>
5 senses >>
Breathing Mini >>

For parents:

Problem solving skills >>
Decision making skills >>

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