HWE Week 4 Journal

Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Journal


Life Stressors Journal

IStress is a response by the body from demands placed on it and is incorporated into our lifestyle.  Stressors come in two forms: eustress, known as good stress, and distress, known as bad stress.  Both types of stress can result in a stress response. “In fact, 33% of college students reported that stress negatively affected their academic performance and resulted in a lower grade, dropped classes, or an incomplete”  (Anspaugh, Hamrick, & Rosato, 2011, p. 312). In this journal entry, you will assess the amount of stress in your life and examine its effects on your health and wellness by completing the following tasks:

  1. Take the Assessment Activity      9-1: Life Stressors on page 327 in your course textbook.
  2. Tabulate your results and write      them down along with a brief assessment of your results to be used in your      video journal.
  3. Select one of the relaxation      techniques that are listed in Chapter 9 of your text and practice the      method.

In your video journal, address the following topics:

  • Were you surprised with your      Life Stressors score?  Why or why not?
  • What major stressors are      impacting your wellness?
  • Which dimensions of wellness      are impacted by stress?
  • Describe and demonstrate the      relaxation technique that you tried in your video journal.
  • Do you think the relaxation      technique you tried would be effective in reducing your stress level if      practiced on a regular basis?  Why or why not?
  • What are the major health risks      and diseases associated with distress?
  • What two strategies that      effectively deal with distress would you consider using on a weekly basis?

Your journal should be two to five minutes in duration.  Review the YouTube Webcam Quick-Start Guide on how to create a YouTube account and create a YouTube video journal.  Submit a one-page Word document that contains the URL to your YouTube video journal by Day 3.

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