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Life orientation

Grade 8

Handling stress

Module 14

Hints on handling stress

Activity 10:

  • There are various other methods that can help to control stress. If you follow a healthy lifestyle and you get on well with other people you are basically sound.
  • Here are some more suggestions to help you. I will mention them briefly. It isn’t difficult to find out more about these methods. Find out about them on the Internet or in the library, or ask someone.

Correct breathing is much more important than most people realise. When you become anxious, concentrate on breathing deeply and slowly. Breathing out should take longer than breathing in. Breathe in and hold your breath for five seconds, then breathe out slowly for eight seconds. Slow, deep breathing has a calming influence. When people are very tense, they breathe faster and their breathing becomes shallower, which could cause hyperventilation or fainting.

If you couple the correct breathing methods with muscle relaxation exercises, you can really achieve deep relaxation. Start with simple exercises. Draw up your shoulders as high as possible, and hold for about five seconds. It causes you to breathe more difficultly, doesn’t it? Relax, let your shoulders drop and allow your arms to hang loosely. Move your fingers and breathe deeply. It feels better already, not so? One can apply this technique to one’s whole body. Start with your feet and contract the various groups of muscles tightly for five seconds, then relax and breathe deeply. Work through all your muscles in this way and then relax your whole body. Make sure that you are lying down or that you are in a comfortable position, and don’t jump up – you might fall down! Open your eyes slowly and move slowly.

Spoil yourself by going for a massage. Ask the masseur to use natural oils that promote relaxation, and feel how those stiff muscles loosen up. A good reflexologist who concentrates on reflexes and other pressure points can bring about deep relaxation. But beware of untrained people!

If your stress levels are out of control, you should consult a clinical psychologist. Such a person will have various methods of helping you. If he / she should recommend that you take medication, use it as prescribed. Don’t try to self-medicate with all kinds of junk remedies.

Some more common sense advice: avoid people who always try to push you deeper into the mud. Those friends who never have anything but negative comments to offer

and always see only the worst in everything are not what you need if you are experiencing stress. Such people thwart your efforts to exercise positive thinking. Learn to say no to things that harm you, and yes to a successful life.

Keep a notebook and make a cross for each negative thought. Replace each negative thought with a positive thought. Reward yourself when the number of crosses decreases. A negative thought pattern must be broken, otherwise your stress levels will simply climb and you may become depressive.

Use the problem solving techniques that you learn at school to approach your problems objectively. Then you transfer the problem from the “emotional centre” to the cognitive, as it were. So you succeed in distancing yourself from the problem and seeing it in perspective.

Do something unusual – take up dancing and have a ball. It will have the added benefit of improving your posture.

Make sure that your expectations are realistic. You may be expecting too much of yourself, your parents and other people. Perfectionists spend their lives being anxious about making mistakes, or constantly overreact about the mistakes other people make. Chill! How else can one learn? Only through trial and error, as the saying goes. Remember, if you have made a mistake, set it right as soon as possible. It isn’t the end of the world. There is nothing so dreadful that it should mess up your life. The bad times don’t last. Terrible disappointments are worked through and accepted. The human being is a tough creature and life is good! Enjoy it sensibly.

  • Let us see how many of these stress control methods you use:

Complete this table in full:

(You could possibly use it for your PORTFOLIO.) Place a tick in the relevant column. Write down all the methods that are briefly mentioned in this module.

Methods Do it always Do it often Do it seldom Never do it
Healthy eating plan
Enough exercise
  • Can you come to any conclusion?

[LO 3.5]


Learning outcomes (LOs)
LO 3
Personal DevelopmentThe learner will be able to use acquired life skills to achieve and extend personal potential to respond effectively to challenges in his or her world.
Assessment standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
3.1 analyses and discusses factors which influence self-concept formation and self-motivation;
3.2 reflects on appropriate behaviour in different kinds of interpersonal relationships;
3.5 designs and implements a personal plan for preventing and managing stress.


Activity 10:

General review:

Hints on handling stress

Assessment exercise

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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