Are you feeling anxious about school or your daily life? If so, the Not Stressin’ Club may be helpful.
Run by President Abby Gant the club’s primary purpose is to teach de-stressing techniques to its members. These methods have included goal setting, time management, exercise, and meditation.
“One de-stressing technique I’ve learned is to take breaks that don’t involve going on technology,” junior club member Morgan Kallmann said.
Gant finds that writing down what you are thankful for is a great way to relieve stress.
“My favorite way to destress is journaling. This is a great thing that anyone can do. It is so impactful. Gratitude, habit tracking, and dream journals are all great ones to try,” Gant said.
Gant started the club in pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award and with the goal of educating fellow Titans about stress and ways to cope. Gant also hopes club members can take away techniques that will translate into their daily lives.
“I think people should join this club because they’ll learn skills that can help them in all aspects of life for the rest of their lives. I also have seen the members becoming more open about sharing what they are going through and relating to one another. It’s beneficial socially,” Gant said.
The club’s leadership includes five juniors; Abby Gant, Quinn Flood, Callie Boles, Katie O’Connell, and Nathalie Geoffroy.
“When Abby asked if I wanted to be a board member in this club, I was really excited because of quarantine and the chaos of online school. I feel like many students at Poway are having trouble maintaining healthy working habits, and mental health has also gone down a lot. So, I thought this would be a great opportunity to help others by giving advice and teaching different ways to relieve stress and handle workloads more efficiently,” vice president Quinn Flood said.
Gant said her favorite part of the club is learning about members’ lives outside of school. By opening up to one another, students are able to connect on a personal level.
At the last meeting, O’Connell presented on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She went into depth about how art contributes to relieving anxiety or stress in a person’s life.
The club’s advisor, counselor Kelly Wardwell is also a great resource for students struggling with stress in the club.
Not Stressin’ Club meets every other Thursday in Wardwell’s virtual meeting room at 2:30 p.m. The meeting typically lasts for thirty minutes. For more details, text @phsnostres to 81010 and follow @phsnotstressin on Instagram.