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.






Talk about tense and stressful life is easy to me. My life is very stressful once I have to publish my researches what involves the approval of the reviewers, and that is to much stress!!! A big part of this stress comes from the fact that a don't have fluency in English, because it is not my mother language. For relieve this stress I'll sometimes go running or swimming. I also practice Yoga, and that make me feel so much better! I think the STRESS theory fantastic! It makes sense, when you smile more, sleep well, eat healthy food and practice exercises, definitely your life will be better! And smile is the easier part, it is natural! However, the hard part for me is organize my time to do all things that I have to do, and worst, choose what is more importante and what a can be done later or in th next day. These part let me anxious and stressed!

Yeah, I know i need to control myself!! :)

Hello learning English team,
I am a bit confused with the answer of question three in this task: "if you have too much to do, you should reorder your day".
In the transcript, it says: "you don’t have to schedule too many things in your day and if you feel you are too busy, you can cut out an activity or two." and I thought it means "if you have too many things to do, you should not do as many things in one day." which is the answer I chose.
I did not get the answer. Would you clarify it for me, please?
Many thanks in advanced.

Hello NA7,

You are right! I've changed the exercise so that the answer for the third statement is now correct. Thanks very much for reporting this to us!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am student of english and i really liked the way you offer help to learners I need help doing my oral presentation with no clear idea to talk about so i will be glad if you offer help to me about the topic i'll talk about and thank you

best wishes

Hello bella jas,

If the topic of your presentation is open, i.e. you can choose, I'd recommend you choose a topic that interests you. It's also usually a good idea to choose something specific. For example, a presentation about a certain breed of cat is probably easier to prepare than a presentation about cats in general. I'm not sure how long it's supposed to be or what other guidelines you have, but I'd also think about those when you choose a topic.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

why is third answer is answer no 2.the speaker says if you are too busy try to cut1 or 2 activity in a day

Hello hasheef,

Cutting one or two activities is different from reordering your day. If you reorder then you do things in a different sequence, but still do all of them. The speaker suggests cutting activities, which means not doing them.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you peter M for clearing my doubt

Most of my life is completely peaceful and I smile a lot. But there’s also some situations that make me stress. In that case I try to speck with my boyfriend, try to understand this situation and make my own conclusions. His support helps me to get calm.
Yes, I found it very helpful. As for me, the easiest action is “relax”, because I know how to find harmony in my life.
I think that stress destroys me and takes me a few steps backward.

when I have stress I first try not to think about my problems and just go out to meet some new people.Talking with unknown people helps me to realize how big the world is and how nonsignificant my problems are.Then I say to myself Don`t be silly.Next I have some rest (swimming,walking,watching and listening sea,going to the bathhouse...).Finally I sleep a lot.Do nothing is the worst when you have stress ,in my opinion.