Teen shares tips on how to de-stress


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 04 Jan 2020

(Far left) Hui Lin (second from left) showing her friends the baskets she made from used instant coffee packaging.

TEENAGERS, like adults, may experience stress every day as a normal part of life, but sometimes it can lead to disastrous consequences if it is not handled well.

Taking on this matter seriously, Girl Guide Sumitra Cheong Hui Xian has come up with an idea on sharing ways to manage stress through her website.

It is part of a community project for the Queen’s Guide Candidates Community Fest 2019.

Sumitra, 16, said she conceived the idea after witnessing many of her friends in stressful situations, especially in their studies and dealing with growing pains.

“Not only adults but teenagers can be stressed out too. So in my community project, I decided to share tips on what to do in stressful situations, ” she said.

The Convent Green Lane student said visitors to her website could learn how to see stress differently and to “de-stress for success”.

She included helpline numbers and addresses such as Women Centre for Change and Befrienders.

She said those who were afraid to openly discuss their problems, could provide their contact numbers.

Sumitra and a friend would then act as intermediaries between the troubled teenagers and counsellors at school.

“We will not handle the cases. It is more like us helping them to get proper help, ” she said.

Another Girl Guide, Neoh Hui Lin, 16, from SMJK(C) Heng Ee said she chose to do an upcycling project by turning used instant coffee packaging into coffee baskets.

Noticing that used instant coffee packaging had valuable upcycling value, she then used her skills in art to make the baskets.

“Instead of throwing them away, why not reuse them? We can preserve the environment, ” she said.

The baskets were sold at RM6, RM8 and RM9, depending on their sizes.

She said the money from the sales would be donated to the Children’s Protection Society (CPS).

Sumitra and Hui Lin were among the 15 Queen’s Guide candidates vying for the top award of the state Girl Guides Association.

The candidates set up booths at the event, called Queen’s Guide Candidates Community Fest 2019, which was organised by themselves at the state Girl Guides Association headquarters in Jalan Air Itam, Penang.

Girl Guides Penang state commissioner Lim Yen Yee, who launched the event, said one of the criteria for the girls to achieve the most coveted rank in the association was to undertake a three-month community project.

“This year’s batch organised this community fest as a finale to their three-month community projects.

“They set up booths to share and promote awareness of many things such as social issues, recycling, exchanges of books and plants as well as sharing of other useful information on the reuse of excess resources, ” she said.

The closing ceremony saw candidates Lim Jia Xin, 16, from Convent Green Lane and Teh Jhia Yi from SMJK(C) Datuk Keramat presenting a refrigerator and first aid kit to Penang Girl Guides Association as part of their projects for the Queen’s Guide Award.

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