Lesson Plan : Stress

Teacher Name:
 Miss Herring
 Grade 9-10
 PE and Health

 Stress Managment (EDITED)
 Standard 9.3.1
 1. Students will be able to identify some causes of stress. 2. Students will be able to identify ways in which they can minimize stress in their life. 3. Students will be able to identify stress diversion activities and explain how they help people. 4. Students will participate in a relaxation activity.
 After learning to identify the causes of stress and their reactions to this stress, students will create a stress book. After completing the stress book, students will identify how they will handle stress in their life.
 Overhead, paper, pen/pencils, relaxtion guide, and music
 Everyone has stress. It is the worry or strain caused by new or difficult situations. Most crises cause stress, so do life's normal ups and downs. It is impossible to live a stress-free life. And you wouldn't want to, because stress is what prepares you to handle things that are unfamiliar, or that appear threatening. A little stress keeps you alert and on your toes. If you miss a class assignment, you risk getting a low grade. If you don't show up for work, you may be fired. Stress is like the tension on a guitar string. Turn it too tight and the string snaps, too loose and it won't play. If handled well, stress strengthens us for future encounters. If handled poorly, stress can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or an overactive thyroid gland. As you react to stress your body undergoes changes. Early signs of stress include lip biting, nail nibbling, tooth grinding, and palm sweating. You may feel "butterflies" in your stomach, and your throat may become dry, making it hard to speak. Your heart rate and blood pressure may rise. Stress victims often feel grouchy and restless, are unable to concentrate, and lose sleep. Under too much pressure, many people wheeze, ache, sneeze, or break out in rashes. Repeated tensing of the head, face, and neck muscles can narrow blood vessels and trigger headaches. Doctors report that well over half of all patients seeking treatment have no physical problems. The aches and pains are real, but they are caused by built-up emotions. Long-term stress can damage your physical and mental health and produce troubling behavior. People who deny their tension may also turn to alcohol or drugs, or strike out with words or fists to release their frustration.
 Managing Stress Everyone has different levels of stress. It's all how you choose to handle it. Corporations spend many in-services and large amnounts of money to work with employess in how to deal with stress. Tips for reducing stress 1. Identify the forms of stress you have taken on. 2. Maintain a good physical health.-have good habits, plenty of rest, and exercise. 3. RElax- be able to find some diversion activity.(A diversion activity is a positive activity to take your mind off of stress.) Listen to music, work on a hobby, talk to friends, particapate in sports. Do your own personal way of coping with stress as long as it is NOT dangerous to others or yourself. Sucess with stress Moderate stress helps to motivate people;it helps to accomplish goals. 1.Preparation-Don't procrastinate 2. One Step at a time- Make a checklist 3. Coping with setbacks- accept setbacks 4. Use stress diversion activitites- helps eliminate the build up of stress.
 The students are completing a stress book. In this book they are identifying what is a stress in their life. What cause the stress. How did they react to the stress(emotion). What did they do about it?
 Students can work in pairs if they choose to share their feelings of stress and better understand themselves and others.
Checking For Understanding:
 When they complete this project the students will be able to identify what stressors are in their life. I will be giving them different techniques on how to deal with the stress they encounter.
 Students will discuss some elements of their stress book and share with others.
 Teacher will observe students in discussion and through their book about stress.
Teacher Reflections:
 Were students able to identify their own stress? Did the techniques that I gave them help with this stress? Did I ask for student input to find out how well the lesson went?

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