Stress Informative Speech

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Tyler Atkins
10/30/2012
HCOM 100
Topic: Stress
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about how to relieve stress in college Thesis statement: It is important to know how to prevent stress before it happens and when it does happen how to find good methods on how to cope with stress. Introduction:

I. Attention gaining device: It is finals week and you have been panicking about passing your classes for the past month. You are getting very little sleep because you are studying and the possibility of you not passing your class will become reality if you don’t study. You are stressed. The fact is many college students are overwhelmingly stressed. II. Establish Credibility: according to an Associated Press-mtvU poll found in may 25, 2009, eighty-five per cent of the students reported feeling stress in their daily lives in recent months III. Relate topic to the audience: This means that more than 4/5 of the people in this class experienced stress the past few months. IV. Thesis statement: It is important to know how to prevent stress before it happens and when it does happen how to find good methods on how to cope with stress. V. Preview: Today I will be explaining ways to prevent stress, good ways to cope with stress, and some not so good ways to cope with stress. Body:

I. The first thing that should be done to live in a stress free environment is prevention of stress. Two of the best ways to prevent stress are time management and avoiding procrastination.

a. In Todd Smith’s article “33 ways to prevent stress” he explains that there is stress that we can and cannot control. For stress we can control, the two best ways of avoiding it are stopping procrastination and better time management. b. According to an article by Ali Beirman, “stress- procrastination leads to stress” Procrastination leads to stress. When you know you need to finish a task yet fail to take action toward that end you wind up increasing your stress level. c. According to an article “stress management” published by the mayo clinic staff “by managing your time more wisely, you can minimize stress and improve your quality of life” i. Most common ways to have good time management is to plan each day out and leave early for appointments. ii. Other ways to have good time management are to limit your distractions and say no to nonessential tasks. (Transition) now that I have explained how to prevent stress from happening im going to explain good ways on how to cope with stress when we can do nothing to stop it. II. Another way to get stress out of your life is to learn how to cope with your stress. a. Todd Smith also emphasizes stress that we cannot avoid, such as loss of job, loss of loved one, or major health problems. Some of the best ways to cope with this stress is exercise and meditation. b. According to an article in “fitness magazine” Kimberley Goad explains exercise is one of the best methods you can use to greatly reduce ones stress. i. Elizabeth Scott report says, “Exercise can decrease ‘stress hormones' like cortisol, and increase endorphins, your body's ‘feel-good’ chemicals, giving your mood a natural boost.” ii. Working out also takes your mind away from the problems causing the stress c. According to an article by Norman E Rosenthal M.D., “Meditation and stress Relief” published January 17, 2012 he stated that Transcendental Meditation has been suggested in a variety of studies to help reduce blood pressure, hypertension and other symptoms of psychological stressors. d. Find your own personal get away and use that as a method t reduce stress.

(Transition) now that I have talked about how to prevent stress and how to cope with stress in a good way I am going to talk to you about the not so good ways to cope with stress. III. Last thing is to not get into bad habits such as drinking and using drugs to reduce the pain a. Using alcohol and drugs may...
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