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

Beating stress


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Task 1

Choose the correct way to finish each sentence.






in my opinion, i think if we want to enjoy the opportunity that the life offers us, we should first forget the word STRESS, and especially always keep the positive attitude :-)

There are some sayings that are coming to my attention lately, and going around, back and forth, here and there, and I couldn’t really understand their meaning, where do they appear from or who invented them and what they are good for?

A saying like the one I have read in the discussion paragraph above: (stress is motivating to drive you to do better) is a typical one that I am trying to talk about.
Really I don’t understand what stress has to do with motivation or better performing?!
I believe that stress is one of several reasons for a personal failure, if it’s not the main reason. Someone under stress is someone who is exposed to lose his concentration, self-confidence and his nerves as well, which will definitely widen the margin of errors and mistakes which will lead in its turn to a misunderstanding. Stress can damage the brain and the body of the human being any doctor will say so! Stress results are very negative. It can cause high blood pressure and even a heart attack.
Finally there are many other ways to drive us to do better than the motivating force of the stress. Encouraging, supporting, cheering, positive approaching are excellent means of motivation that we should follow.
Doctors say: “Stress is a silent killer” I say:” It is better to be unmotivated and alive, then motivated under stress and dead”.

Hello nabsamad,

For the most part, expressions and words in languages arise as people use them over time -- it's usually difficult, if not impossible, to find out who invented them. The Cambridge Dictionary has entries for many of these expressions -- see, for example, 'back and forth' and 'here and there'.

This article on embracing stress on the BBC might help you understand the idea of stress being motivating.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Krik,
Thank you for your prompt replay, I really appreciate your clarification. However, I was trying to describe my opinion about the subject in my skeptical way.

We try to be happy every day, even though there is some thing happento us and we try to resolve problem.
Sometimes we don't want it occurs but it is our of will

For me I use to do like it.
S= stay sample in your life
T= trust yourself
R= respect to everyone
E= encourage yourself and encourage to other
S= seek for opportunity
S= silence

Stress makes us get sick, we should avoid getting stressed and follow simple and happy ways of living. Life is only one and we should not waste it.

Hi everyone,
This summer I graduated from the university with a masters degree in translation. Currently I’m searching for a job. It’s hard especially with people who have kids and have to work around school hours. So I think my everyday life is quite tense and stressful. I need to read a lot of information about vacancies, prepare to interview and write a good CV. How do I relieve and reduce stress?Usually I spend time with my family, play with my daughters. Sometimes I make a cup of tea and watch some movies, usually classic or romantic films. I think this theory helpful. I agree with an author about expectations. If we try always be realistic about ourselves our life can be more easier. She says, so you can just do your best and don’t try to be perfect and don’t expect others to be too. Yes, it is right thing to do if we want reduce a lot of stress in our life. Also is very useful to do any sports and find new hobbies. I’m think that stress is a motivating force to change our lifestyle, our characters, maybe bad conditions of work or place.

Stress is something that everyone have experienced at one moment of life, all of us have dealed with it maybe on our job, on our studies or in other occasions that require us to change. We don't have to think about stress only as something bad, even though chronic stress can cause a lot of problems to our body and mind such as insomnia,high blood pressure, mood swings and so on. If on the one hand high levels of stress, especially for a long period of time, should be avoided, on the other hand, we cannot avoid stress at all becouse it's part of our life. We could say that in some cases we need stress to deal with difficulties, in fact in many occasions it activates our resources and drives us to do better. We should say then that stress is something to ''manage'' rather then something to ''beat''.There are a lot of different ways to cope with the stress, in according to Dr.Alia Crum, a professor of psychology at the university of Harvard, we should start from our mindset. If we consider stress only as something bad, our performance could be more negatively affected then if we think of it as something that can help us to succeed. In other words, our physical and psychological response to stress is influenced by our mindset, the way in which we see situations and stress itself.

My life as a student it's full of stress and I have learned to cope with it during the first years of university, in particular i found that regular exercise and good sleeping habits help me a lot to relieve and reduce stress. I am working on my self-confidence and trying to develop a positive attitude, this with regards to what the speaker said about smiling, will help me to reduce stress and feel better.

Hello Everyone,

Many of people have tense and stressful on their life. for me, i have a little of stressful from my work. I can relieve and reduce stress to take a small nap with quiet music. According to what she said about an article the theory is very helpful when everyone following this step. The best action for me is "R" words because I love to do some relax with myself and feeling very comfortable.

In my opinion, everyone needs to use the STRESS word to relieve and reduce stress and find the best way to get out of stressful in life.

Best regards