Coping with stress

Transition to secondary school is a daunting and stressful time for young people. Some stress can be helpful by alerting us to potential danger. However, if students are feeling overwhelmed, moody or unmotivated, they may be suffering from excessive stress. By discussing the good and bad types of stress, students will learn how to identify when they need to seek help.

Year Level



20 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

Students will learn about good and bad types of stress and explore a range of ways for reducing stress.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss good and bad types of stress
  • identify a range of ways to reduce stress
  • explore the website for resources.
Activity 01

Group brainstorm: Ways to chill 10 min

  1. Explain to students that one way to cope with stress is to make sure we take the time to do activities that help us to relax.
  2. Provide students with access to the infographic ‘Ways to chill for cheap’.
  3. Using the poster as inspiration, students create their own version, demonstrating things they like to do to chill out. They could do this individually, in pairs or as a group.
  4. Students can be creative using an application such as canva, or butcher’s paper and markers.
  5. Once complete, students can display their posters in a common area or by digital means.