Stress and coping techniques

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-Stress and coping techniques

General Instructions: This assignment is an interactive posting based discussion activity created to encourage interaction between students as well as student and instructor. Each discussion activity is focused on a central theme with corresponding questions. Your participation will be graded based on the completion of required tasks (listed below), and the depth of analysis and engagement in your posts- see grading rubric for DB posts.

For each discussion board activity, you are required to complete two elements:

1) Submit an original post, in your own words and properly cited if using published material, that answers the question or questions listed for the assignment (at least 150 words long- prepared in advance) posted by the deadline. Write your post as if it were a written assignment that you would turn in. Many people have points deducted because they submit their posts using slang language, e-mail or a text message formats. Note: Do not forget to capitalize the letter “I”. If you need help using proper grammar click onto the external links button and use the Purdue Owl Writing center.


2) Respond to at least 2 other student’s posts. Note: Responding posts can be posted up to 2 days after the deadline for your original post.

Remember the assignment is to get you talking about what you have discovered. Use specific examples both in your answers to the questions and to your response to other students’ postings. Check out the Grading Rubric (view Rubric)

Discussion Board Assignment 2 Instructions:

Based on the survey that the class took the discussion will focus on Stress and Coping techniques. Please go to chapter 3 to review the characteristics and terminology about stress management to complete this assignment.

First- review the Practical Strategies area on page 58we will look at recognizing the signs of stress overload in our lives. Then, review the common stressors (pp 59-61) and stress management techniques listed (pp 64-67) to help you complete the assignment. After your review of the material –

1) Identify some of the warning signs of stress in your life-

From the following lists identify at least 1 sign or symptom from each area (Emotional, Physical, and Behavioral) that you are experiencing due to the stress response.





Chronic Fatigue

Overreacting to problems or difficult situations

Unproductive worry

Weight loss or gain

Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Anger and agitation

Migraine or tension headaches

Feeling “burned out” on school or work

Trouble concentrating

Digestive problems

Withdrawing from relationships

Mood swings

Odd physical symptoms that don’t seem to have a cause

Frequent bouts of crying


Sleep disruption

2) Describe what are the typical circumstances surrounding these signs and symptoms (example: I can’t sleep and feel very anxious the night prior to a big test. I also experience stomach problems and overreact to a situation when I feel stressed and overwhelmed).


3) Identify the top stressor that is prominent in your life right now- use the listed stressors from your textbook pp 59-62 in hard copy (What Are College Students’ Common Stressors). List at least one and no more than three. When you list your stressor(s) also identify a stress management technique that you have tried or want to try to combat each stressor – You can use your textbook as a reference or use a different source. Make sure you include your reference/citation in your post – (example: As I stated earlier, I get very anxious when I have a big test, and I know it is worse when I have not prepared for the exam. I would say one of my top three stressors falls under the Academic stressor category and specifically procrastination because I usually put off studying until the last possible minute. Now that I am more aware of this stressor, I would like to work on the suggestions listed for “Manage your Time Effectively” section in our textbook-pg. 64- especially the one that states “break down big jobs”. If I follow this advice, I believe that I would feel less overwhelmed.

Response Posts:

Respond to at least 2 other student’s posts by reading their thread and clicking on the reply button. Your response needs to have some depth by giving specific examples of why you are saying what you are saying- In other words, don’t simply post ” that was a great idea you had”.

In your reply posts DO NOT Diagnose other students’ health issues- instead, share how you relate to their health concern, or just be empathetic (put yourself in their shoes) to what they posted. Use at least one cited reference- you can use your textbook or any other source as long as you identify it.