Reflection On Stress, Locus Of Control And Behavior Change

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Part B- Stress, Locus of control and behaviour change 1-Over the past few weeks I have unfortunately fallen ill and was quite sick for several days. This resulted in stress for myself as I fell behind on some of my coursework and exercise for the week. Other major stressors that I am dealing with at the moment would be wether I want to change my university course/ will I be able to? As well as trying to fit in enough time to see my friends, exercise and stay on top of university work this all gets quite demanding.
2-Some strategies that I utilise when I am feeling stressed are: Coping strategy 1- Suppression of competing activities: In order to catch up with schoolwork, I tend to push all my other commitments back wether they be exercise
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After I sit myself down and start to study or try and complete a task I am drawn to my phone and am found aimlessly scrolling through my social media feeds neglecting the work that I set out to do only minutes earlier. Coping strategy 4- Planning: When I end up leaving many tasks to the last minute I find that making a detailed plan of my upcoming days to be a viable tool in getting what I need done i.e. I will wake up at a set time and fit my exercise in around study times in a very strict routine. 3- My stressors play a huge role in my health behaviour. Although taking time out of my day to get involved in physical exercise helps me clear my head I find that when I am stressed with coursework my motivation for achieving my SMART goal (going the gym four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays working a least three different muscle groups every week) is neglected as I tend to prioritize the issue on hand which is usually a due date approaching or catching up with missed work from previous weeks.

4- Internal –
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This helps me achieve my SMART goal of (going the gym four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays working a least three different muscle groups every week) as I am very self motivated to achieve this goal, which is shown as I plan ahead in order to give myself the best chance to go to the gym on that day. Examples of this would be wearing my gym clothes to University and instead of taking the bus home I could tram to the gym and go home from there saving time as I don’t have to leave home again. 5 & 6- My Smart goal was to go to the gym four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays working a least three different muscle groups every week. Behavioural: Doing a body weight session at home on days when I cannot make it to the gym. This ensures that even though I am not able to physically go to the gym I am still doing exercises that fulfil my SMART goal. Cognitive: When I am not feeling up to going to the gym wether that be because I am sore/sick or just don’t feel like leaving the house, telling myself that it will be worth it and that it will make myself feel a lot better when I am finished. This tactic works when I feel like I need that extra piece of

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