Staying Cool For High Schools


To help students understand their emotions and stressors -- and prevent them from leading to other problems -- this program illustrates ways to identify feelings and to learn how to manage behavior so students can maximize their potential at school, at home, and in life. Part of being a balanced person is realizing one's limits. When people feel overwhelmed because they haven't been able to keep up with everything, the important thing is to focus on what can be done, rather than on things that can't be changed. Focusing on the present can help students get the most out of their experiences, and reduce worries about the future and the past.

Staying cool is a program based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), teaching students emotional resilience and how to cope with stress. The program is designed to apply to a range of situations, from building and maintaining relationships with family and peers, to coping with academic and/or community influences and pressure.

Ideally Suited For

  • Students who want to learn how to manage stress and emotions


  • Improved coping strategies for stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Increased awareness of the linkages between emotions, thought, and behavior
  • Greater knowledge of the connections between physiology and mood
  • Enhanced confidence around relationships and happiness


Stress can hinder a student's performance and development but, with Staying Cool, students learn how to effectively handle today's increasingly overwhelming world. Through CBT-based skill development, Refresh teaches cognitive reframing of negative thoughts and how to deal with difficult emotions. Students complete activities to learn how to relax and fill in a stress log to understand the effects of stress. In addition to comprehensive assessments, novel engagement strategies, and interactive functionalities, Refresh focuses on developing skills including:

  • Time management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Relaxing before bedtime
  • Mindful eating
  • Coping strategies
  • And more

This program was developed by the Stanford University Behavioral Medicine Laboratory.