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Even before the pandemic, Girl Scout Lucy Stimson knew there was a growing problem in her community. Stress was a huge part of her life—and many of the people in her community felt the same way.

That’s why Lucy chose to take a stand in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and help others while earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and requires 80 hours of volunteering to create a sustainable difference in the community.

She started a Facebook Page, Making a Stress-Free Breakthrough, and has been regularly posting tips since April. The page features different ways to reduce stress, with topics ranging from meditation and mindfulness to pep talks and fun videos. She has recently included a Stress Workshop Guidebook containing a variety activities, like how to make a stress ball.

She also posted a homemade coloring book for getting into the zen of artwork at home, and an excellent animal crossword puzzle that you can download.

When asked how the project has effected her life and community, Lucy told GNN, “The project has helped me by opening up to my family about mental health. I found it in myself to tell my parents about my stress and anxiety.”

“I have been using some of the techniques to calm myself when I get overly stressed. This helped me to put what I have been feeling into perspective, and to ask for help.”

She also created her own stress-busting website that has all the tips and tricks neatly arranged on the homepage.

“Sometimes stress is so overwhelming and it seems to consume you, but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle for that. I have done my project because I have been there. I know how it feels, it’s hard. If I can help even one person, it will all be worth it,” Stimson added.

“I think we all need a little help sometimes,” said Lucy. “Especially now.”

Give this Girl Scout a round of applause by following her FB page and leaving a comment.