A. Attention Getter
Picture this... you have to put a speech together for your class, and write an outline for it; at the same time deal with your annoying boyfriend/ girlfriend because all week they’ve been wanting to spend time with you, but since you’ve been caught up with your speech... oh and let’s not forget work! You begin to question yourself if you can really live up to the standards of what is expected. With that a feeling starts to develop and we’ve all had the feeling before. Your stomach is in knots. Your mind thinking a million different things. Your muscles are tense. You feel defeated. You feel low and unhappy. When you try to think of a solution, or of a way out, you go blank. The main reason for all this... stress!
B. Reason to Listen
It’s the one thing in this world that can really change a person’s daily attitude and also affect the people around a person. When you’re stressed it like carrying a “sumo” wrestler on your shoulders, and if you guys look at me... obviously I wouldn’t be able to carry one... so you get the idea.
C. Speaker Credibility
One of the biggest decisions I ever made in my life was becoming an independent person and moving to Los Angeles county from Orange County a couple years back to pursue my self independence. I grew up in a very strict household, so just the agonizing stress of that was tremendous. So when I decided I wanted to move to Los Angeles to be closer to my friends and to prove to everyone back at home I could make it without them I knew it wouldn’t be an easy and would be stressful, but here I am before you today giving this speech knowing that even though I’m still stressed because of the issues I face in life, there are ways of accepting it and dealing with it, or else this girl you see before you, would be a smushed girl by that “sumo” wrestler.
1. First I would like to discuss what stress is exactly and how it is caused.
2. Second I will cover coping with and adapting with stress.
3. Third I will talk about ways of preventing stress.
A. (First Main Point)
If you were to go around this classroom and ask everyone here what brings stress to them, chances are you will get a different answer from each person. “We all respond differently to a given situation for three main reasons: 1. We do not all interpret each situation the same way. 2. Because of this, we do not all call on the same resources for each situation. and 3. We do not all have the same resources and skills.”  Stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.
According to the International Stress Management Association, “stress is perceived in the mind, suffered in the human spirit, experienced via the emotions, expressed in behavior, and held in the body”. 
As we get older in life our body begins to age and break down. Stress is a key factor in speeding that process. Common effects of stress on your body include headaches, fatigue, sleeping problems, high blood pressure and upon numerous other health and body effects, I think everyone’s least favorite affect sex drive. According to a College Stress and Mental Health Poll taken in May of 2009, “6 in 10 students report having felt so stressed they couldn’t get their work done on one or more occasions. 53% of students report having felt so stressed they didn’t want to hang out with friends on one or more occasions.”  Any of you felt that way lately?
Now what causes stress varies. What one person finds stressful another may not at all. Almost anything can cause stress and it has different trigger points. For each person a certain occasion, or just thinking about something, can cause stress. It’s also possible for a person to feel stressed without a cause being clearly identified. A feeling of frustration, anxiety and depression can make some people feel stressed more...
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