Coping With Stress

My dear students of group 254 researching the ways of coping with stress!

I hope the information from the post will: 1) help you to enrich your knowledge of the material, 2) (which is much more important!) inspire you to be successful people whose ability to handle stressful situations will make you fulcrums of rest in every day life.

So, I offer you to read the article of Lauren A. Greene about best and worst ways to cope with stress and compare the information to the facts you have already learnt from you reading activities in class. Leave your ideas as comments to the post.  To compare and contrast the facts use the phrases:


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Александра Георгиади, кандидат педагогических наук, ассистент кафедры английской филологии института иностранной филологии Таврической академии Крымского федерального университета имени В. И. Вернадского

6 thoughts on “Coping With Stress”

  1. We are faced with stressful situations every day. We need stress in our lives. Stress adds flavor, challenge, and opportunity to life. However, too much stress can cause unfavorable effects.

    I have read texts about handling stress, which give us a lot of ways to cope with stress. First of all, both texts advise us to recognize and deal with stress, because long-term stress can actually change our genes, leading to an increase in inflammation that can bring on a variety of health issues. In the first text Dr. Kopolow said that it’s important to release the pressure through exercise or physical activity. Similarly, Lauren Greene believes, that exercise may be the healthiest stress-buster. Also she said that we should take the bath with lavender or jasmine, both of which possess stress-reducing properties. Not only this way, but also a lot of others can help us to improve our physical and mental well-being.

    Actually, there are some ways, which help me to handle stress. As Dr. Kopolow said, we should understand our limits. If problem is beyond our control and cannot be changed at the moment, we don’t fight the situation. I use this rule in some stressful situation, and accept what is – for now – until such time when I can change it. In comparison with this advice, I almost always use the method, which I saw in the text by Lauren Greene. It said, that we should find a quiet space, close our eyes, focus our breathing, and transport ourselves to happy place for a few minutes each day. The only thing that is required of us is to find the place, where we can really feel good. It’s only few advices, that I had chosen.

    Nevertheless, we can see both good and bad ways to handle with stress in these articles. Interestingly, stress is unique and personal to each of us. So everyone choose his personal way to cope with stress. However, some people drown their stress in a bottle of wine or a pack of cigarettes. As I know, these habits tend to increase the negative impacts stress is already having on your body (raising your blood pressure, making you jittery, keeping you awake at night). In comparison, Dr. Kopolow gives us another negative way to handle stress – it is self-medication. Firstly, medications don’t remove the conditions that caused the stress. Secondly, medications may be habit-forming and also may reduce your efficiency, thus creating more stress that they take away.

    In conclusion I want to say, that these articles were so useful and informative. Both give me opportunities to recognize the stress and some knowledge how to cope with it. Whatever method works for somebody. We shouldn’t let stress get out of hand. We can cope with stress and make it work for us instead of against us.

  2. I read the article of Lauren A. Greene about best and worst ways to come with stress And compare the information to the fact s I have already from i reading activities in class. I can say there are the general facts and ways to avoid stress in both articles.. For example, To visualize calm similar to create a quiet scene. I must admit that calm is most important in my stressful situations. In fact I try find a quiet space,close my eyes,focus my my breathing and transport to my happy place.nevertheless there is worst ways to come with stress. Needless to say it can be drinking,smoking and other vices ,also dwell on the negative

  3. Recently, I have read the article of Lauren A. Greene about best and worst ways to cope with stress and the article from selection one called “Plain talk about handling stress” by Louis E. Kopolow, M.D. I must admit that there are many common ideas in these articles. Both Lauren A. Greene and Louis E. Kopolow are writing about different ways how people can cope with stress. Authors say that it’s important to try to relax.On the one hand, physical activity and care of ourselves ( for example, go to bed, listening to music or even take a bath) are two main suggestions. On the other hand, L.Greene give us suggestions where we can not only deal with stress but also improve our skills, for example in knitting or climbing a rock wall. In comparison with Kopolow’s article, Greene show us the worst ways to cope with stress.I absolutely agree that drinking, drugs, smoking, or too much caffeine only sets people up to stress out more once the high wears off. Hibernate likewise eating your feelings can cause weight gain and make you feel worse about yourself.
    In conclusion I want to say that these useful articles give us a motivation to cope with stress. However, as we know, stress is unique and personal to each of us. While we cannot live completely free of stress and distress, we can prevent some distress as well as minimize its impact. I strongly believe that if we don’t let stress get out of hand, we can actually make it work for us instead of against us.

  4. I’ve enjoyed these articles a lot and I think that given advice are useful and actual.
    Both Louis E.Kopolow and Lauren Greene advise us to be physically active. Kopolow notes that physical activity relieves that “up tight” feeling, relaxes you and turns the frowns into smiles as a body and mind go together and Greene says that exercise can help to regulate your sleep, to remain calmer and more focused. Also Kopolow recommends to share your stress with your friend, family member, teacher or counselor to be able to see problem in different light, while Greene advises to express your gratitude .
    Kopolow says, it is important to know your limits and not to fight the situation that can not be changed at the moment, so that similarly to Greene Kopolow defines importance to accept what it is. And Greene recommends to visualize calm places just as Kopolow does. They propose to paint mentally a quiet country scene, or other happy place for a few minutes each days. Kopolow advises also read a good book or listen good music whereas Greene says to focus on your breathing. Also Greene proposes to take a bath because water has an innate soothing effect on the mind and body. You can pick a scent the smells best to you to enhance the relaxing effect.
    As one of the most easy ways to relax Greene suggests to get some fresh air as vitamin D boost from sunlight may elevate your levels of serotoninto make you feel good . Kopolow offers to take everything easier and not to try to be” right” all the time. He says that cooperation is better that confrontation in this case.
    Whereas Greene suggests to immerse yourself in a creative, engaging activity when you feel that loop of negative thoughts. And Kopolow in his turn offers to get involved in the work and the people around you, e.g. To propose your services in neighborhood or volunteer organization.
    Greene recommends to repeat affirmations and notes that it is no need to be religious as you can use and inspirational phrase that you like.
    While Kopolow suggests sleeping well Greene on the contrary emphasizes the fact that oversleeping can be harmfullvfor your health.
    To express your emotions Kopolow proposes to cry as it can bring relief to your anxiety and might even prevent a headache. Kopolow talks about importance of eating healthy food but he does not say anything about bad habits. Still Greene says it is a bad idea to drown your stress in a bottle of wine or a pack of cigarettes. Obviously this habits tend to increase the negative impact of stress.
    Definitely, these articles can be very helpful if one wants to be more relaxed and reduce a harm from stress. But it is very important to follow the recommendations if you really want to save your health and be in a good mood in your daily life.

  5. I have read two articles about stress and some ways how to deal with tension. According to the first article written by Kopolow, we need stress in our life, because it adds flavor, challenge, and opportunity to our life. However, too much stress can seriously affect on physical and mental well-being. The author of the second article Lauren A. Green thinks similarly. She gives information about some researches which approve Kopolow’s view.
    There are several ways to prevent stress in articles. Both authors consider the physical activity to be one of the best ways coping with stress. They say that exercises are the healthiest stress-buster which help us to relax, to regulate our sleep, lower the symptoms associated with mild depression, boost your energy, and help you to remain calmer and more focused.
    Kopolow advices to take care of yourself: get enough rest and eat well. And Lauren comes to the same conclusion. But she also pays attention to the fact that sleeping too much isn’t an answer, because the research shows that the more you sleep, the more tired you actually feel. And eating too much likewise has a negative effect. For example, overeating can cause weight gain and make you feel worse about yourself.
    At the end, Kopolow concludes that the best strategy for avoiding stress is to learn how to relax, while Lauren marks out positive and negative ways coping with stress.

  6. I have read two articles about stress, such as ”Stress-busting solutions” by Lauren A. Greene and ”Plain talk about hading stress” by Louis E.Kopolow. Needless to say, both author of these articles give advice how to fight against stress and how to conduct oneself in stressful situations.

    Speaking about the first article, I must admit that author offers us best and worst ways, such as getting some fresh air, relying on rituals, getting out of our head and visializing calm. What about worst ways there are frinking, smoking, ignore the problem, etc. And in the second article author advice to try physical activity, share our stress, and make some useful.

    And I consider that advice from the first article more useful for me and better from the psychologist view.

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