Understanding and Dealing with Stress
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Stress is a common problem that affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. Learning to identify when you are under stress, what is stressing you, and different ways of coping with stress can greatly improve both your mental and physical well being.
This course provides you with some basic information on stress and some simple recommendations for dealing with stress. It is not intended to take the place of advice from a physician or counselor, but it can be the first step in deciding how to manage your stress and increase your well being.
The index below lists the different sections of this course. To take the course and learn more about stress management, click on the link at the bottom of this page titled "Begin: Class I: What is Stress?" As you continue, each section of the course will link to the next section at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about this course, about stress management in general, or about other services offered by the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, contact the center nearest you.
Note: The information and advice in these courses are never intended to take the place of advice from a trained physician, medical worker, or counselor. Before beginning any new exercise, diet, or lifestyle changes it is always best to consult your primary care provider.
Begin:Class I: What Is Stress?
Stress has become an inescapable part of today’s world. People are facing stress everywhere, whether it is their homes, offices or even while driving on the road. The world has become a very stressful place. In many cases it is because there are genuine reasons for stress and in some cases it is because people do not know how to cope with stress. Stress is nothing but the incapability of the human mind to cope with the physical and imagined threats that it has to encounter on a daily basis. Stress can lead to all sorts of mental and physical illnesses. Stress management is the only way by which stress can be coped with. Essays on stress management delve on stress and how it can be coped with. The practical and esoteric ways by which man can cope with the ill effects of stress is what is usually explored in stress management essays.
The first step towards writing a stress management essay is to plan accordingly. The requirements that have been given by the instructor need to be thoroughly read. Notes can be made about the relevant points. Some instructors do give the reference material or may suggest some books. If these books are available these should be searched for and referenced. Stress management is a topic that could also delve towards psychology and even psychiatry. So it is important to stick only to the requirements of the essay. The student has to know when the research should end. The word limit of the essay should be kept in mind while researching. Usually there will be an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction will set the tone for the paper and prepare the reader for what the paper is going to be about. The body of the paper will delve on the topic. The conclusion will then be a summation of the ideas that have been discussed in the paper.
The student must be clear as to what material belongs to which section. Notes will have to be made. These preparations will make it very easy to write the paper without any stress. The progress of the paper will have to be done with the points that have been made earlier. This will help the paper to be on track and not delve away from the topic. A very important thing that needs to be noted is that stress while writing the paper can be reduced to a great extent of the paper is started well before submission date. Procrastination is one of the greatest causes of stress for students that write papers. As the deadline approaches, students will not get enough time to write the paper to their satisfaction. The paper will then be a substandard one. This can be avoided by starting work on the paper very early.
Other things that go into the writing of the stress management paper will be proper referencing. The importance of not plagiarising the paper cannot be emphasized enough. Students may be well aware of the disciplinary action that will follow the submission of the plagiarised work. In some cases students without knowing how to do proper referencing may be suspected for submitting plagiarized papers. This needs to be avoided and students must know how to do referencing so that they can avoid submitting plagiarised papers. This can only come with experience and proper knowledge of the various types of referencing. If these steps are followed, students will definitely be able to write papers on stress management without experiencing any stress themselves.