Coping With Stress

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1) What do you think of your score (you don 't have to give the exact number)? Do you think it rated you as higher or lower in stress than how you feel and what aspects of your stress do you think it might have missed?

I was optimistic about doing the stress scale. My score on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale was 195; which is moderate to high chance of becoming ill in the near future. Although, this stress scale tests for stressors, I feel like this stress score is around the ball park of my actual stress because the stress scale asks basic stress causing questions but, I do believe it rated my stress level lower than how I feel. The stress scale asks very general questions, which may or may not give a certain individual stress because everyone
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3) List and describe and least two techniques you found for coping with stress and provide the link to the website (at least one) that discusses those techniques.

Stress arises when individuals perceive a discrepancy between the physical or psychological demands of situation and the resources of his or her biological, psychological or social systems (Sarafino, 2012). There are many ways of dealing with stress, there are no right or wrong because everyone copes with stress differently, so “one size fits all” does not apply. The two techniques I found that are good for coping with stress are, take care of yourself and know when you need to reach out for more help so you can express yourself. Everyone knows how to take care of themselves, but when life gets hectic we tend to put ourselves last on the priority list. We can’t do that, so we need to keep eating right, sleeping tons, exercise and keep hydrated. There are many ways you can express yourself, you may talk to a therapist or even start your own stress journal. By expressing yourself you release tension and it makes your “chest feel
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I do have stress coping strategies I currently use, and have been using for years. The main stress coping technique I use is writing; the more I write, the less stressed I am. Writing gives me clarity, helps me think and its a way to express myself. My other go-to for coping with any kind of problem is meditating. I do yoga meditation everyday in the morning and before I head to bed, its the best way to start and end the day. It helps to quiet my busy mind and it relaxes me. Lastly, any kind of stress or bad vibe I am feeling, I like to use that energy into something positive and what best way then to hit the gym. This way I can’t binge eat myself to obesity and I’m using my energy towards something positive for myself and my body. I know stress is, has been, and will be a big problem in everyones life but, you just have to remember this; let go of things that aren’t in your control, and this feeling “stress,” is such a waste of emotion and energy because whatever is suppose to happen, will happen. That’s just the way things are. Like Sydney Harris said, “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” (Harris

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