Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress

Change Your English, Change Your Life! These lessons are developed to inspire you to make changes in your life and help you enhance your English skills. In this lesson you will read a text about about dealing with stress. 

A. Read the text out loud 

It is normal to have fears. People are in fear of different things and while some are quite reasonable, there are some that are quite ridiculous and baseless. There are certain fears that limit a person, greatly, and it is important that you are able to handle these things so that it does not affect your life and the way you deal with people. Anxiety is a leading problem in today’s society, so if you think you are battling with a bad case of anxiety, then you need to do something about it ASAP.
Signs of Anxiety

Social anxiety is not something you would want to bring with you all your life. It is definitely limiting and you should deal with it as soon as you see the following signs:

Are you often trying to make yourself invisible when in the presence of a lot of people? When there is an opportunity for you to talk and to confront others, do you tend to cower and hide, in an attempt to avoid the situation?

Do you often find yourself saying “no” to all kinds of opportunities because you are afraid that you might make a mess of things and you believe that you are not good enough for it?

Do you find yourself stammering and losing your voice, when you are put under the spotlight? Do you find yourself struggling and suddenly feeling some discomfort when put in the spot? Do you see yourself suddenly feeling nauseous, sweaty and dizzy?

If any of these things sound familiar to you, then you have a problem– a problem that you need to address.If you are having anxiety problems, it is important that you address it right away, so that you can pick your life up and make a positive change. Here are some of the things that you can do:

If you think that your anxiety is already taking over your life, then you will need to do something definitive about it, and that is to seek professional help. Some people go through extensive psychotherapy and cognitive therapies to be able to free themselves from this.

Meditation also helps. Meditation exercises help to channel specific areas in your brain that will help you significantly when you deal with anxiety attacks. When your mind is at peace, you can achieve a stronger hold over it.

Facing your fears head on also helps to resolve your anxiety. If you are afraid of speaking in public, then you should push yourself little by little, until you become more confident about it. It is not good to quit altogether and to quickly declare yourself defeated. Fight on, however small your efforts, and see if you can make changes in your life.
Anxiety can be crippling. It keeps you from growing and it limits you from achieving your true potential. If you are having problems with this, you should aim to overcome it. You should learn how to take control over your worries, so that it does not affect you.

B. Vocabulary

Match the word with the correct definition. 

1.Crippling A. large scale; covering or affecting a large area.
2.Extensive B. without foundation in facts; not true.
3.Stammering C. cause (someone) to become unable to move or walk properly.
4.Baseless D. silly or absurb.
5. Ridiculous E. to stutter or speak with sudden pauses or repeat words.

C. Fill in the blanks  

  1. This is a false and __________ accusation.
  2. The restaurant has an _________ menu and daily specials.
  3. It’s ___________to expect a two-year-old to be able to read!
  4. A ____________child can benefit from speech therapy.
  5.  A ___________ attack of malaria kept him in bed for months.

D. Phrase Focus 

These are great phrases to use to talk about your intentions or plans for the future. Let’s practice using this phrases!

Positive Negative
I’m going to… I’m not going to…
I’m determined… I’m determined not to…
I’m planning on … I’m not planning on…

E. Discussion/Journal Questions 

Use the phrases from Section D (above) to talk about your stress management goals

  • How will you manage your stress this week?
  • If you are feeling stressed, what will you do?
  • How will you eliminate stressful situations?
  • How will you gain control of a stressful situation that is getting too tough?
  • How can you live a stress free life?
  • What will you do this week to decompress or ‘recharge your batteries’?

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