To prepare for this discussion, please read Chapter 7 of your textbook. Watch Stress: Portrait of a Killer, read “Dr. Seuss, the Coping Machine, and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”’” and complete the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory (The American Institute of Stress, n.d.). Finally, review Instructor Guidance and Announcements. In this discussion, you will consider psychological explanations and solutions for stress by examining your own stress level and relating strategies to combat stressors in your own life. Be sure to use your own academic voice and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post.
- Watch Stress: Portrait of a Killer, which discusses the effects of stress and reveals insight for coping.
- Summarize the information you learned about stress and health, including emotional and motivational factors as presented in the video.
- Describe how stress impacts physical and mental health.
- Read “Dr. Seuss, the Coping Machine, and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go’”
- Identify variables that influence the appraisal of a stressor as a challenge or threat.
- Generate various factors that may influence one’s ability to cope with stress, such as perceived control, optimism, and social support.
- Complete the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory (The American Institute of Stress, n.d.).
- Interpret your score. What are the implications of this?
- Apply your knowledge about assessing (appraising) and coping to your own experience with stress. What are your biggest stressors? What is the impact of stress on your health? Are there any factors in your own life that buffer the effects of stress?
- Examine specific ways in which you might better manage your stress, such as aerobic exercise, relaxation and meditation, spirituality.
- Explain how cultural and social diversity might influence perception and experience of stress. (Why could one situation increase stress for one person but not for another?).
- Remember to use your own academic voice and apply in-text citations appropriately throughout your post.
Post your initial response of 250 words or more by Day 3 (Thursday). Respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7 (Monday). You are encouraged to post one or more of your required replies early each week (e.g., by Saturday) to stimulate more meaningful and interactive discourse in the discussion forum. In addition, strive to provide a response to classmates who replied to your initial post and/or the Instructor (if applicable). Peer responses may vary in length but should be carefully crafted and insightful. Below are some suggestions to assist your thinking.
Guided Response: Reply to at least one peer who chose a hypothesis other than the one you selected and two or more peers overall. The goal of the discussion forum is to foster continual dialogue, similar to what might occur in a verbal face-to-face exchange. Consider the following questions in your responses:
- What other ways could your peer manage their stress?
- How is your stress different than your peer’s?
- How could buffering effects of social identity (e.g., social or religious) apply to your peer’s stress?