Discussion: Managing Stress in My Life

Module 5 Discussion: Managing Stress in My Life

There are three parts to this week’s discussion.

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Part 1

  • Visit Mindtools.com, and read the short article on The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.
  • Complete the “Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale” (scored automatically online) at the above site.
  • Record your score.
  • Share your score and the interpretation with the class.

Part 2

  • Not everyone perceives experiences the same way. Therefore, complete the Perceived Stress Scale, which is on page 5 of the attachment.
  • Compute and interpret your score. You can determine your PSS score by following these directions:
  • First, reverse your scores for questions 4, 5, 7, and 8. On these 4 questions, change the scores like this: 0 = 4, 1 = 3, 2 = 2, 3 = 1, 4 = 0.
  • Now add up your scores for each item to obtain your total score. Individual scores on the PSS can range from 0 to 40, with higher scores indicating higher perceived stress.
  • Interpretations:
    • Scores ranging from 0-13 would be considered low perceived stress.
    • Scores ranging from 14-26 would be considered moderate perceived stress.
    • Scores ranging from 27-40 would be considered high perceived stress.
  • Share your score and the interpretation with the class.

Part 3

  • Share with the class your reflections on the experience of completing the two scales. Were the results similar or different? If different, which scale do you believe more accurately reflects your level of stress? Why?
  • View the “Stress Management” presentation. There are several stress management techniques listed on the last three slides. Share which ones you are already using and which ones you plan to try. The following Mindtools.com article on Stress Management also provides some good suggestions. As always, if you use outside sources, be sure to provide a proper APA-style in-text citation and reference list entry.

For this and all discussions this term, to earn full credit submit an initial reply to the prompt by Thursday, provide a substantive response to a minimum of three classmates by Sunday, and post on at least three of seven days. Be thoughtful in your discourse, and make sure to integrate concrete examples from the course readings and presentations using APA style in-text citations and a list of references. THE LINK TO HOLMES AND RAHE STRESS SCALE (mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_82.htm). PERCEIVED STRESS SCALE (mindgarden.com/documents/PerceivedStressScale.pdf). STRESS MANAGEMENT (mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TCS.htm). TWO PAGES.

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