Please don’t start your paper with a background intro about stress management. You do not need to make an introduction, and I don’t even want you to. Go right to the point by typing “Section 1”, etc., and start defining the problem without all that lead-in paper-filling mish-mash.
Start like this:
Section 1: The Stressor
Label this section like you see it above, and under this section, simply define the stressor you chose. Explain why it is a source of stress for you. This can be a problem that pertains to you (or doesn’t), either past or present or even future. 2-3 paragraphs is probably all you need for this section.
Examples of a stressful situation or event that you might choose (you are not limited to just these): Work overload; addictive habit; personality/emotional/behavioral issues; financial issues; difficult relationship; lack of organization; housing issues; wedding or other major event; study/student/work issues; health/medical issues, Corona anxiety; break-up/relationship event; relocating; job interview; job loss; etc.
Though a personal situation/issue/relationship of yours – past or present – is preferable because it will be personally applicable (thus helpful) to you, you are not restricted to a personal experience in order to complete this paper of creative stress management. Consider something that is applicable to you.
Section 2: The Interventions
Generate some techniques that can be used to manage the stress associated with the problem you identified. Be sure they are labeled like this:
a. Behavioral/Environmental technique: (describe the technique you chose to reduce the stress)
b. Cognitive Appraisal technique: (describe the technique you chose to reduce the stress)
Next, provide stress-reducing SUPPORTIVE techniques that will assist in overall stress reduction like this:
a. Emotional Arousal technique: (describe TWO different emotional arousal techniques to reduce the stress)
b. Physical Arousal technique: (describe TWO different physical arousal techniques to reduce the stress)
Tip: Remember, in general, interventions on the Behav/Environ and the cognitive appraisal levels are the more dynamic stress management techniques that can provide specific stress management and relief for a specific problem. Techniques on the Emotional Arousal and Physical Arousal levels are typically just supportive and back-up techniques to provide overall general assistance in reducing general daily stress.
Also, remember that there are always various good ways to solve a problem that is causing stress. Usually all you need to do is spend some time working at it from different directions (and different levels along the stress hourglass) until a number of viable solutions surface, and sometimes we have to try a number of different strategies in order to succeed. For instance, anyone who has tried to quit smoking has probably tried more than one method before successfully quitting.
You are now in the main section of the paper. Assemble the viable stress management interventions, properly labeled and relative to the stated problem.
Section 3: Conclusion and Summary
After you have described the stressful situation (or event, or person, or behavior, etc.) and clearly displayed and labeled the various techniques (what we have been calling “interventions”) to reduce or eliminate the stress, summarize your thoughts and relate it to what you have learned from this course, and what you have learned about yourself through this course. Do you feel you can better recognize stressors around you that might trigger you? Do you feel more control over these stressors and your ability to lessen their impact through applying stress management techniques? Here is your chance to show off any self-knowledge and self-improvement that you might have gained through this course! This narrative would probably take a whole page or more.
More general info and rubric guideline:
The paper should be about 3 pages or so, size #12 Arial (or Times New Roman if you prefer) font is the most comfortable for me to read, and space-and-a-half between lines with an extra half space between paragraphs . Small (no more than 1”) margins. You don’t have to follow APA style; just keep it neat and clean with sections and parts labeled with clear distinctions between the sections and parts.
See that your written work has a clear and appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion, and that you are guiding me through the problem, the viable solutions, the conclusion, and the summary with fluid transitions.
Rubric for grading the paper:
5% Knowledge. What I am looking for here: Practical application – Your chosen topic is clearly identified and correctly tied to the different techniques of stress management. The techniques you chose are all correctly identified and labeled (cognitive appraisal, emotional arousal, etc.)
5% Communication Skills. What I am looking for here: Written work has clear and appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion. Paragraphing and transitions are also clear and appropriate, and guides the reader (me) through the chain of reasoning or progression of ideas. The written work has no major errors in word selection and sentence structure. And – most importantly – almost entirely free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
5% Critical Thinking. What I am looking for here: Clear, comprehensive understanding of the theoretical foundations of stress management. I want to see that most of your remarks show an accurate knowledge and that you understood the concepts that you learned in class. Conclusions and outcomes are logical and demonstrate an emerging awareness of the subject matter being discussed, such as recognizing stressors and its effects, and effective tools of stress management.
5% Research. What I am looking for here is a good level of self-insight and self-awareness; that is, how well you know yourself in terms of your limitations and your strengths in dealing with the stressors in your life.
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