Do you know you can apply the 'STRESS' theory to reduce stress? Find out more from Emily.

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Task 1

Choose the correct way to finish each sentence.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I find that I always being too much stressful, that may come from study, work, and relationship with others. And I just leave my work, I'm trying to do some things that I really like, and I think I would be happy if I do that, but it's not useful. as it saying that some stress can be a power to make you better unless you chose to be afraid.

i usually try to think of different ways of solving the problem when i get stressed.i try to consider all things and have a complete view of the situation.this helps me probably find a way that i did not notice.also i may think of calling a friend and asking for help.but the best thing to cope with stress is the power of imagining of what you want,if one can do that and focus on that image in his mind can come that thing to truth and in some way forget the stress.

I think stress is a common disease in countries with a high population. Almost houses are crowded into by people, which today is even worse than before. Everyone lives with a bunch of moving stuffs around. The context will always ask you how to cope with conflicts and get on with everyone.
In a hungry social like that, you will not be easy to trust everyone or be trusted. Money! A main subject makes you and other people be stressful. "Work for food", or some thought like that, is in place of how to enjoy lives.
Dealing with stress is a must. How to reduce stress? how to balance your life? The media resolve its job well and sometimes commercial tips excess what people need to know, so it is even more stress to discern what's really good. Gym and Yoga clubs are open everywhere for people keeping themselves in shape. Someone reschedules their own points of life instead of a communism schedule made by governments.
The easiest way to release the stress is walking in parks and eat healthy food at the right time. Things need sufficient and timetable nourishment to exist and grow well as our body. The most difficult task is your commitment of following the tasks, not themselves.
Don't be too confident that someday you will not need to do the tasks and expect results will last long without tasks because they need to do them regularly. Your expectation and confidence is able to happen, if you move to somewhere just you alone.

Actually I'm not intrested in such playing with the words. I usually get stressed before exams or sport competitions or when something improtant or unusual is going to happen.
When I get stressed I'm trying to find something to distract myself. I'm trying to think about the things that I like and I remind myself that it will pass soon . I think about the future, the time when I take the exam, or when the competition finish. I stay positive, remember everything will going to be fine, and nothing happen if I fail.
I also know something that really change my mood when I feel stressed.first talking with a good friend: they can totally change your mood , distract you and make you happy. second doing exercise: It really helps you to beat stress and focus on something else. and finally watching a movie: for me it really works . It helps me to forget my problem and enter the imaginary world of the movie and the actors.

After all sometimes none of this methods work and you should deal with it.

To be honest, I do feel everyday life tense and stressful. To relieve and reduce stress I do several things. I like meditating or doing some yoga. I sometimes go for a walk and observe nature. I enjoy watching a movie or listening to music too. I find that STRESS theory is really useful. Almost all the steps are easy except scheduling. I think I'm not a good at planning things. However, planning is so important to have a stress free life. Stress sometimes have a bright side when it comes to exams, interviews or presentations but, of course, it has to be minor and short term. Long term stress can do a huge damage to your life.

Sometimes stress give some motivation.When we feel in stress we can do our works well and we try to move next step.I think it's very good.Some people can't control their stress.Then they try do mad things.It's wrong.Try to reduce our stress and move.

i think stress can be effective to our life negative and positive

Thanks for helping the non-native English speakers to develop their language skills and boost confidence. While I was practicing with the article above, I have found two anomalies in the pronunciation of two words. The first one is with "nourishment" in the fourth paragraph and the other is with "difference" in the fifth paragraph. It sounds to me differently from what is in the script. Could you please check and let everyone know if my understanding is right?

Hello sabbirhossin,
You are correct. The speaker is a non-native speaker of English and sometimes her pronunciation is not quite correct. The two words you highlight are examples of this.
Most of our recordings feature native speakers of English. However, English is used all over the world and it is common for people to encounter a wide range of accents. We try to provide examples of some of these as well.

The LearnEnglish Team

Our modern lifestyle makes us vulnerable to stress, whether we accept that or not. So I suffer from everyday stress, for beating stress I usually go through a long walk, walking helps a lot to rearrange and schedule my thought to define the main reason for the stress so I can cope with it well.
STRESS theory is succinct and of course, it's helpful. Although it is easy to know, it is hard to apply in your daily routines.
it is hard to find leisure time to relax, and sometimes you cannot fake the smile, moreover, stress is the main cause for insomnia.
overall, "scheduling" is the easiest effective action to beat stress.
Stress could work as a motivation in some cases, exam stress, for instance, provided that it is temporary and limited to a specific task