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Beating stress

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

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Thank you very much!!! It was a good advice to me. I would to talk about this with my friend!! 

I think sometime we said that we learn how to beat stress good but to do it, it's very difficult. Life has many problems which make us tired.It's very hard to resolve all.

 Hy people.I am not sure taht I know what I am doing.I I surched some website for learning english and I found this.But I dont speak English so good and I dont know if I am in the right place.And now  I am in the stress : )
I dont know do you understend me but please hellp me that I learn english!!!

Hi Joksi,
It can be very stressful to learn a new language, so I'm sorry to hear you don't feel good.
Probably the best way to start is to think about what areas of your English you want to improve. If you have some idea about that, we might be able to give you some suggestions of which parts of the site are the most useful.
Or you could just explore the site until you find a page that helps you!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Best lesson ever!
I have visited many websites to learn English but it was in vain...
I 've enjoyed here, thank you britishcouncil!

Stress isn't very easy to manage.
d_jan, you are right, Stress is a normal part of our life, now. Many hours at office, in the family, everything can be stressful.
But, with certains councils we can reduce the stress and suceed.
The STRESS theory is interesting but sometime, not easy to apply.

Stress is a normal part of our life. We experience it everyday in varying degrees and amounts. If a person feels overwhelmed by stress, they usually engage in activities that will lessen and alleviate stress.
My everyday life can be very stressful for others but for me, it's already a routine that I enjoy doing. I live my life one day at a time so I won't be bothered by too much work. I usually plan my daily and weekly activities so I will not be bothered by the long list that I have to do. It's a very useful tip to reduce stress. When I feel tired from the day's responsibilities, I just take a nap at home or listen to my favorite music.

I find the STRESS theory helpful because it enumerates simple ways by which one can cope with stress. It has great insight and gives concrete examples on dealing with stress. We don't need to spend large amounts of time and money to relax. Setting priorities and taking care of one's health are enough to relieve the daily clutter in our lives. For me, the easiest of all the steps would be to smile. Sharing a joke with a friend or having a good time would suffice for me to give a smile. Smiling makes one feel invigorated, happy and refreshing. It just feels light and easy.

However, stress should not always be viewed as negative. It should be seen as a moving factor for individuals to strive harder and go for what is best. If stress is nonexistent, the world would be a mediocre place. Everyone would settle for things that are worthless and second-rate. We all need a certain form of stress for us to be better in everything we do and for us to continuously evolve as creative humans.

Don't worry, be happy as Bob Marley sings :)
Look at life with positive eyes and smile and it'll smile back :)

Very interesting article.
I 'm sure that every one  has stresses during life.
Her advices help us not only how to deal with it but also how to prevent it.
whenever i has stress, i always try to do some thing such as: take care my garden, plant another flowers,drinking coffee with friend,...
If you are focusing on some thing, you will forget all sadness and stress.

I like it,and I think its very useful and all the stages are true,I rarely do exercises but when I do some I really feel relax and I have another way to get away from stress is doing puzzle,while doing it I get totally away from stress and all the problems because you have to concentrate on it you shoulnd't think anything else,if you like this you can be sure that it works.