Psychology teacher's anti-stress list goes viral

  • 21/09/2016
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A teacher in the United States has been widely lauded for his list of 101 ways to counter stress, after one of his students posted it online.

The list was shared on Twitter by Alina Ramirez from California, who received it from Rio Mesa High School's psychology teacher Brett Phillips.

It has since garnered nearly 25,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes.

Mr Phillips' list is comprehensive, featuring 101 pieces of advice for how to either relieve stress, or prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Some of the list is strictly practical, advising readers to "anticipate your needs", "break large tasks into bite size portions", "repair anything that doesn't work properly" and "simplify meal times".

But some simply encourage students to live their life to the fullest, telling them to "feed the birds", "tickle a baby", "pet a friendly dog" or "look up at the stars".

Other advice on the list endorses the pursuit of lofty goals, too - such as believing in yourself, being cheerful and optimistic, freely praising others and learning to meet your own needs.

Ms Ramirez told Buzzfeed that Mr Phillips recognises many of the stresses students at the school have.

"He knows how stressed we are with school, sports, work, and life in general, so he gave us the paper to help us, and just to have in case we are stressed," she said.

Buzzfeed say this is the 10th successive year Mr Phillips had given out the list to his psychology class.

Mr Phillips' top 10 pieces of advice:

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