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Beating stress

Listen to Emily talking about the importance of managing her stress levels and the techniques she uses.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I think stress will always be in our life.The important thing is how you manage with stress.You can find a lot of books, article, study which explain how to cope with stress.But how much of those methods you have realized untill now.İf your answer is more than half, It means you are beating stress or getting used to live with it.

I think that my everyday life is not stressful because I've learned lot of methods to reduce stress.
I know when is the time for me to keep myself in shade and what kind of activities I have to do if I feel under pressure during my work.
I reduce stress by reading a book, by walking with my dog and by listening to some relaxing music I like.
I find the STRESS-theory very interesting because it underlines some important concepts in life that are helpful as relaxing or have a good expectation of ourselves.
For me, the easyest to practise is relaxing because I really like reading books so I have during the day a book next to me, or a journal right to be read.
I think that stress doesn't help people to do their best as motivation does.
If you believe on your possibilities and you are certain about your goals and wishes, you cannot fail to reach them and you feel OK. But if you feel stressed by doing too much things in your day, it won't help you to be in a good phisical condition to work at your best.

HI severy one .
I live in a quiet city , but the fact to go every day to work in other city wich is 40 km to the city where I live , this make me stressful and tired , some times I take more than two hours, so this influences and lets me live my day in some stress . another thing adds to me the stress when I have hard work , so I have to be patient and try to cope well , also I have to think about ordering things .
Some times when I return home I find my self very tired and I cant do anything , so I last my evening watching TV and relaxing .
In other way , I agree with speaker that practicing excercices , sleeping enouph ,relaxing , scheduling works and being positive are factors to reduce the stress but I can add what God gives to us from health, friends ,family and being persuaded to that also help live quiet and happy .
Best wishes .

Hi all,

- According to me, everything is happening our live around and almost we facing pressure from works, earning money to pay for living cost, worry about everything. That things driver you have get stressful anymore.
There are many ways to relieve and reduce stress, when I had get stress, really stressful I often to find somewhere that no have noise and I was keep a quite, think about my problems then give some methods to solve problem by myself. I supposed that its unnecessary keep holding in mind, or try to avoid it. Maybe make me become negative more than, It is also same as a poison let's find a way to remove out your body.

- The " STRESS" theory is really helpful to me I think it has a quite funny, useful I'm very like it I should carry it out everyday. I'd like to practise with the " S " last word it mean SMILE, not too difficult to practise. For example: when I faced some stressful, sadly I will read a funny story or watch a comedy film, etc... Of course, that is way make me can smile feel the best comfortable. The experts proved the interests of the smile helping everyone against eld, always to be fresh spirit, loving your life. In Vietnam has an idiom as: " Laughter is the best medicine "

- The stress is also a motivating force, I agree with this opinion
Daily we have deal with problems a lot in works, studies, argue with co-workers, friends, or in your family. Thus, speaker mentioned "S" first word is Scheduling you should arrange everything and resolve them follow one by one. And if it had not happened, you wouldn't recognize your problems, your mistakes where from it is, or you can't arrange everything smoothly. Hence, stressful is sometime is looked like as an motivation to driver you to better, I think that.

Le Nhung

Hi to all of you! It,s very good topic for lesson.So usefull in life.Go on that!

Hi!!! I'm new in here. I have many difficults with english but i will try to communicate with you :)
I like sing and listen some musics when i'm stressed out. I'm university's student and we have so many workgroups to do that I, in some cases, need to listen music to relax a little bit.

when you are stressed, to smoke a cigarette can reduce stress(:

Hi everybody,
Me, when I am stressed, I take the time to do something which I love, like read a good book or just have a drink with a friend.
The STRESS theory si very helpful. Advice is simple but efficient.
For me, stress is not a motivating force because when i am stressed I can ´t do things well. I can ´t think as well as I'm not stressed.

I frequently face stressful situations like family affairs and expectations.Sometimes I don't really know the cause. My traditional stress reducers are walking,film watching,reading and being with friends.
The stress theory is very helpful.Relaxing and playing with friends are the easiest things that I can do for beating stress. Not expecting people to be perfect is the most important for preventing stress  and In my case  expectation is the main cause of stress.unlike to the reader being busy or having a lot of work to do keeps me out of stress,it makes me to forget things worrying me.
I don't think stress pushes to a further success instead it prevents from focusing on the work at hand.

Those tips make you deal with stress successfully, and that article made me feel sure about my english abilities because of learning a new vocabulary.
Thanks a bunch !