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To me, stress is a reaction we all get from time to time to events that are more
than we can handle and cause a feeling in our body of fight or flight. Stress is caused by
our own reactions to events or things we aren't able to control, making us feel powerless
and ultimately (most of the time) causes negative emotions. Psychologically, you can
either handle the stress positively or negatively. Stress can cause positive effects in
people such as momentary stress fending off infection and healing a wound (Segerstrom,
2007) and stress that causes arousal and motivation. (Myers, 2014) Stress can also be in
it's worst form, negative, and can cause a number of problems such as those seen with
post-traumatic stress which range from circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and infectious
diseases (Boscarino, 1997.) Different effects cause stress, from catastrophes to significant
life changes and even daily hassles. Daily hassles are the most significant sources of
stress (Kohn & Macdonald, 1992; Lazarus, 1990; Ruffin, 1993).
The stress in my life is more so from the daily hassles. I have a lot of
responsibility that I have to commit to when I wake up. If my daughter is here (since she
isn't living with me at the moment) I will have to drop everything that I'm doing so that I
can spend as much time with her as possible. When she's gone, I have to tend to a lot of
duties. I make sure my college work gets done, my Q/C quality assurance work for my
boss (which isn't very stressful though...), my marketing for the 5 Facebook pages that I
run for individual businesses I own and operate all by myself, running campaigns,
keeping social media updated, keeping up with graphic design skills, and managing my
personal life. I have to do all of this everyday, and that doesn't include the
troubleshooting and other spontaneous events of my day that I have to tend to. I also deal
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with a dysfunctional family to top off all my stress levels. Stress is something that can't
be avoided, and we all deal with it from time to time but it's how we deal with it that
matters. Stress is the way we handle and cope with environmental threats and challenges.
(Myers, 2014) One person might be able to handle creaks in the house and may easily
dismiss them while another might assume someone is present in the house. This is an
easy indication of stress.
Stress is an interesting topic of study for psychologists because it's a common
phenomenon for most individuals and stress effects our personal and occupational lives.
Those suffering with stress to a debilitating degree can end up suffering from mental
health problems, as well as medical conditions that could eventually end up killing them
or significantly reduce life expectancy. Stress can be caused by different types of
stressors. Knowing which stressors are more associated with stress and an increased
reactivity can help psychologists determine better treatment for stressful situations or to
help understand more of the psychodynamic effects. Stress is a big component of daily
life and how we react to stress can determine our health today, tomorrow, and in the
future.
Stress plays a role in my life daily. As I said before, I have numerous
responsibilities. One thing I failed to mention before to add to my number of
prioritizations is the marked reactivity of those around me. I find people get very hostile
towards the fact that I am never there to respond to them or don't have the time to
socialize with them. People look at me as not caring about their problems, or very
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isolated. I guess to a degree I am, but when these people are getting upset with me for not
being able to fulfill their own selfish desires, it makes me feel bad even though I
shouldn't. This adds to the increased pressure to do my best, meanwhile I am trying to
make everyone happy, trying to please others around me, make them proud of me, and
not push them away. This adds to my stress of always wanting my friends there, but at the
same time, I can't fulfill the roles they so desperately want me to fulfill and that I also
want to be able to do for them.
In this study, professor Jean-Philippe Gouin kept track of 76 university students
during the beginning (when less stress is apparent) and end of the term (most stress is
apparent). According to the study, those who's heartbeat were less variable when they
started worrying, would be more likely to suffer from higher levels of stress later on
(Concordia University, 2014). In this study, we are examining what can happen to an
individual when they stress out. If you have a variable heartbeat, it shows your
parasympathetic nervous system is at work (Concordia University, 2014). When you have
a regular heartbeat, it helps you deal with the situation. If your heartbeat is irregular, or
you have the same reaction to events that may or may not occur, you might be more
susceptible to stress. The goal of this study is to recognize the individuals most
susceptible to stress. They achieve the goal in this study by gathering university students
and determining how many of them would develop distress at the end of the term right
before exams. With the information they have, knowing that "only some of them develop
significant distress," (Concordia University, 2014), they were able to conclude that if we
pinpoint those who are most vulnerable to stress, "we can intervene before they hit the
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breaking point and hopefully prevent the negative consequences of stress by doing so"
(Concordia University, 2014.) So ultimately the main goal is to target the individuals that
are susceptible to stress and intervene to prevent the negative consequences from
happening.
In the study "Stress Changes How People Make Decisions," Mara Mathers of the
University of Southern California says "Stress is usually associated with negative
experiences, so you'd think, maybe I'm going to be more focused on the negative
outcomes" (M. Mather, 2014). However researchers found that people begin to "start
paying more attention to positive information and discounting negative information" (M.
Mather, 2014). The reason for this is because when people under stress are making a
difficult decision, they may focus more on the positives than the negatives. So for example,
you might take a drug and weigh the effects of the drug as positive, but the side effects as
negative. However, due to the drug making you feel good, you no longer begin to think of
the negatives. Women and men are different in terms of stress and risk. According to
Mather, "When men are under stress, they come even more willing to take risks; when
women are stressed, they get more conservative about risk" (M. Mather, 2014). This study
examines how men and woman react to stress differently, seeing as "men are inclined
toward fight-or-flight responses, while women try to bond more and improve their
relationships" (M. Mather, 2014). The goal of this study is to analyze the difference
between how both men and women make decisions while under stress. The article goes on
to state that people pay more attention to the upside of a possible outcome rather than a
negative outcome. This study achieved the goal of analyzing the difference between how
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both men and women handle stress, and it goes on to say that women are more
"conservative about risk," while men "are inclined toward fight-or-flight responses." It also
says "women try to bond more and improve their relationships" (M. Mather, 2014).
In the study “How to Predict Who Will Suffer With Stress”, Concordia University
talks about people and how stress effects them differently. They found that people “who
exhibited a less variable heartbeat when they started worrying were more likely to be
highly stressed later on, when faced with finals.” (Concordia University, 2014) The article
goes on to say that our pulse explains a lot about our current stress or stressors to possibly
come. The article “Stress Changes How People Make Decisions” is similar in comparison
because the decisions we make can be influenced by our stress. If were very stressed, it
might be best to hold off from making a decision. Stress can cause you to make decisions
that might not be the best to make. Also, if one were to have “the same reaction when you
worry about something that may or may not happen -- like failing an exam -- then you
might be more susceptible to stress.” (Concordia University, 2014) Knowing that stress can
cause people worries, especially about things that may or may not happen, signifies the
type of people who'll suffer the most with stress. It also shows that people who can't think
positively because they're stressed also cannot make the best decisions due to their level of
stress.
In the article “How To Predict Who Will Suffer With Stress,” the main
psychological principles and concepts are that people who have a less variable heartbeat
tend to struggle more with anxiety when the exam actually comes (Concordia University,
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2014). If you tend to worry about something that may or may not happen, you may exhibit
higher levels of stress (Concordia University, 2014). Researchers believe that “by
pinpointing those in the general population who are most vulnerable to stress, we can
intervene before they hit the breaking point -- and hopefully prevent the negative
consequences of stress by doing so” (Concordia University, 2014). However, in the study
“Stress Changes How People Make Decisions,” it is said that when people are put under
stress, they may look more at the positives” (Association for Psychological Science, 2014).
Also, “when men are under stress, they become more willing to take risks whereas women
try to bond more and improve relationships” (Association for Psychological Science,
2014). The conclusion being made in this study is that when faced with a stressful
situation, people may look at the positives (Association for Psychological Science, 2014).
The studies to me are very similar. You can predict the type of people who suffer
more with stress, and those same people that do suffer more with stress shouldn't make
grave important decisions when they're under high levels of stress. It is said that people
with high levels of stress can be caused by not having a viable heartbeat during such times,
such as exams. During a time that requires a healthy amount of stress, it's possible for one
to cope with higher stress levels when the time actually comes to take the said exam due to
the lack of healthy stress at the given opportunity. So, the take away is, if you're struggling
with stress, it's best to not make decisions while under it. However, the difference is, you
may be able to take a negative situation and make a positive out of it, even while under
high levels of stress.
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These studies are relevant to my career interests because I find that I do deal with
high levels of stress and do have to make a lot of important decisions during these periods
of times which I would prefer not doing. The studies gave me an idea that I struggle with
high levels of stress because I do worry about things that may or may not happen. I also
notice that when a business venture of mine fails, instead of beating myself up over it, I
find tools to utilize my skills to come up with a solution, or a better business plan than
before. When my graphic design business seemed too busy for the lack of time in my
schedule, I decided to make pre-made logos that I could make in my free time and then sell
through a platform like Etsy. So, although I am still doing things I enjoy, I am able to find
other methods of doing that activity that doesn't provoke stress and can also help me to
think of new ideas when one thing doesn't work out for me.
After thinking some time on what the most important goals in my personal life and
professional life are.. I have determined that graduating college is my biggest goal at this
moment in time. I have many years to go especially since I am going for Graphic Design
and Web development. In order for me to be able to accomplish this goal, I would need a
support system such as my mom or my boyfriend to help me out while I seek graduation.
Because I work from home as well, and I am a freelancer starting a business, so this is
extremely crucial that I have the foundation that I need to build myself. That isn't looking
bad right now since within this year or next year I should be out on my own living with my
boyfriend who will be our primary source of income. He supports me and my goals, so this
is how I am going to make this goal happen.
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The second goal of mine is to build a reputable business. Since I have started
selling custom graphic design resources and services on my Etsy, and I also like crafting
and selling my designs in different forms of media, my goal is to make a living doing it
like I see so many other successful Etsy sellers. It takes time to build a business and to see
what works for you and what doesn't. I get traffic, but I'm not making the sales that I want,
so it requires constantly changing, hard work, and marketing to achieve this. How I plan on
making this happen is currently in the works. I have been building upon my knowledge and
have been thinking critically about what I could incorporate into my shop. My ideas, I am
very confident, in the end will fulfill my goal since I will invest money into my business to
get the traffic I need, if I some how cannot manage to do it on my own. Because my
boyfriend has told me numerous times that he would help me with my business, I have no
worries that investing money would be an issue. So ultimately the goal is to get my
business earning substantial income and I am going to do that by continuously adding new
products to my shop and different services to attract different people and maximize my
selling potential.
My third goal is the most personal to me. I struggle a lot with intense mood shifts,
suffer from self-harming, and constant fear of abandonment. I'm struggling with BPD and
have been for most of my life, as far as I can remember. Trying to get a grip of my
emotions has been extremely difficult for me, and others around me as well. Sometimes
they will switch from toggling like a light bulb switch to more regular emotions like 2
weeks happy, 2 weeks depressed. These continuous emotional disturbances put a halt on
my professional and academic life as well, and causes interpersonal problems within all my
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relationships. I have already been working on my emotions. I do a lot of self-help and read
a lot of psychology books because some how reading psychology books makes me feel
alive, gives me hope, and doesn't make me feel like the odd one out. I like to get an
understanding of how the mind works, and it gives me closure especially when I am going
through psychosis and having paranoid ideations and delusional thinking, which occurs
daily. I know that when my boyfriend arrives from Australia, I can finally get the real
support that I've been yearning for. I am going to fix my emotional problems, understand
the root to the emotions, keep educating myself on mental illnesses, and continue to talk to
my mother and boyfriend when a crisis begins to take over.
My results on the assessment didn't surprise me because of the BPD. I am always
stressing out, and I do have to take medication daily for anxiety. I take Ativan (1mg) daily
for the most part. The medicine really does do a great deal of help. However, it can only do
so much. The thoughts are still there and I have to face them after the medication wears off.
The list of responsibilities daily and my social anxiety literally makes everything that I
have to do a chore, and it drains me before the evening even hits. I know that the results on
the assessment has already been affecting my ability to reach my goals. My stress levels
are so high that I am constantly depressed and when I get into that severe level of
depression, I don't want to do anything no matter how hard I try. The more I try, the weaker
I get and the more I want to throw in the towel and give up all together. That is why I am
pushing myself more than ever. And I really believe that this class is going to do me
wonders! Writing this is even helping, so I am happy for the assignments and will use them
to my full advantage.
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In the study "How to Predict Who Will Suffer The Most From Stress," I find that I
can relate to those in the study. According to the study those who had a slower heartbeat
when they started worrying would be more susceptible to higher levels of stress later on
(Concordia University, 2014). I find that this is very accurate. Typically when I don't stress
out about something that is important or needs to get done, I find I don't take it as seriously
and slack off. Normally, this causes more stress in my daily life. Maybe if I would have
stressed in a more positive manner such as eustress, I wouldn't have to worry about the
possibility of greater stress in the future. For example, stress has the capability of arousing
us and motivating us to solve problems in our daily life (Myers D, 2014). Knowing that, if
I were to focus my attention on the stress and work on alleviating the stress in a more
positive way, such as facing it head on, I may be more capable of handling it better in the
future. I'll have the skills to manage possible future issues, and can make better judgments.
I do notice that when I don't ignore the stress and push off a situation due to my
subconscious fears, I feel a lot better afterwards. I feel a lot more confident, positive, and
mentally stronger. I notice that if I let my stress push me away from getting things done,
I'm more negative and more stressed in the end than I was in the beginning.
In the study, it is believed that people who stress over the possibility of failing an
exam are more likely to have higher levels of stress (Concordia University, 2014.) I have
extremely high levels of stress and find myself stressing out about situations that I may or
may not know have occurred. For example, if I don't hear back from my boyfriend within
so long, I assume something bad happened to him and believe it did, then stress about it to
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the point that I can't function or do anything. This is a good indication that the study is
correct. The people who stress about events they are uncertain of happening, are more
likely to exhibit higher levels of stress. Because I stress over situations that I don't have a
definite answer to, I find that trying to rewire my brain differently would be beneficial.
Maybe as soon as the thought enters my head, let it go. It will take some time and
meditation to achieve, but I believe it's possible. In the study "Stress Changes How People
Make Decisions," I can also relate to the content of the study. According to this study, those
who are more stressed have more inclination to focus on the positives of the stressful
situation. They may pay more attention to positive information and disregard the negative
information (Association for Psychological Science, 2012). I can vouge for this study
because of a school presentation I had to do in middle school. I remember prior to going up
to the board to present my research paper to the class with power point, I was extremely
scared to the point I didn't feel like it was possible to go in front of everyone. I had the urge
to dart out of the classroom. However, when my turn came, I went up to the board feeling
the urge to fight. I managed to push myself through the whole presentation, earning a 97%.
During the presentation, although nervous, my fear made it possible to focus on the points
of my presentation, reading through them so that I can go back to my desk. Before I knew
it, my presentation was over. It was almost as if time passed me by. When men are dealing
with stress, they tend to be more inclined to fight-or-flight responses while women are
more likely to improve their relationships (Association for Psychological Science, 2012).
As soon as I went to the board I wanted to connect with the students. In that moment I
knew I had no choice, so I wanted them to be on my side then nothing at all. I find that
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currently, stress to this day forces me to think of things in a positive light. I find that
without stress, it doesn't give me the big motivation that I need to get the job done.
I find that my current stress in my life makes it possible to manage college, a
business, and other personal matters in my life with only so many hours in a week. Without
this stress, maybe I wouldn't be so motivated. When I'm dealing with a stressful situation, I
should view it as a positive. The stress can help me push through difficulties I'm facing in
my life. It's more of a blessing than a curse if you look at it in a different perspective. The
ways that I can handle stress or minimize stress can be drastically different depending on
how I perceive the situation. If I were to look at a math test as impossible, I would be more
stressed and distracted since I don't feel like I could handle the math test. If I were to look
at is as a positive challenge, I would be more focused and/or aroused. How we look at an
event influences our stress experienced and how we respond to said stress (Myers D,
2014). If I would look at a stressful situation as a challenge that isn't impossible to achieve,
my stress levels would be decreased in contrast to my stress if I were to look at a situation
negatively. I find that when I view things negatively, I'm stressed. I have found what works
for my stress is when I get to that level of stress, I can easily either toggle it off by pushing
the stressful idea to the back of my head, or handling the stressful event in that specific
moment so I don't have to deal with it anymore. I can do either one, depending on the
circumstances of the situation. Both are good. The first can help me deal with negative
concepts a lot better when they occur, and the second can help me learn coping
mechanisms for handling future stress. The more stress you deal with, the easier things
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begin to get as time goes on. You have a better understanding of how to deal with the stress
if it were to happen again. I find both of these strategies work for me.
When it comes to my career and personal goals, using both of these strategies are
good. I find that I like to handle the stress in the moment. When I have a lengthy
assignment or something that I don't want to deal with, I normally do it right away. I then
no longer have to stress about it and then I feel more accomplished. When it comes to my
business, I get stressful ideas sometimes about not being able to build it successfully and
giving up. During those times, I have to starve the thoughts by pushing them to the back of
my head.
In section two, I stated that my three largest goals would be graduating college,
building a reputable business, and recovering from my emotional problems. I've evaluated
my goals to make them DAPPS specific. I would like to graduate college by the year 2022.
I'm not sure how long I am going to be in college for but my anticipated graduation date is
in 2021. I think it's safe to say I will graduate college by 2022. I believe this goal is
definitely achievable. I am 100% sure of it. This goal is considered very personal to me,
and it will help me build a better foundation for me to work on my 3rd goal which is
working on my emotional problems and getting a grip on my BPD. Graduating college to
me is a very positive goal. My life could only improve after graduation. And I believe this
is a specific goal as well.
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My second goal in section two was building a reputable business. In the form of
DAPPS, it would be completing my website for my business. I find this automatically
qualifies as a specific goal. It's personal to me because it allows me to build myself as an
entrepreneur. My date to achieve this goal by is December of this year since my website is
almost finished, but I have been busy so I haven't been able to get it completely done. So I
find this to be realistic and achievable. Building a website for my business is very positive,
as it allows me to grow as a person. To me, this is DAPPS specific.
As for my last goal, it was learning how to better manage my emotional problems
to where I don't have them anymore. To be more specific, my goal to achieve this would be
before I graduate college so that when I do graduate college I'll be better equipped to
handle my interactions with people whereas currently I struggle to even talk to people. I
want to be better by the year 2021 since that is my anticipated graduation date. I think this
is achievable since recovery takes time and based off my reading books, it can takes years
for full recovery. This is very personal to me because without recovery, it would effect my
personal and professional life. It's a positive goal as well since it allows me to handle my
emotional problems without effecting me to the point where I cannot function at all. This to
me is also specific and gives me enough time to achieve this goal.
Three sub-goals that I chose for me to handle stress as I work to achieving my
larger goals is writing daily to-do lists, inviting people to my Facebook page once a week
to market my business further, and read self-help books at least once a week so I can gain
some encouragement to recover and acknowledge my problems, as well as give my brain
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time to relax. I find that writing daily to-do lists are very positive since they allow me to
prioritize all the activities for the day that I have to complete. It's specific because it's a
daily task that I can do to keep myself focused on the things that need to be done everyday.
It's personal because the daily to-do list will have all my business related tasks as well as
household duties, hobbies, and college work I need to attend to. It's achievable because
each and everyday I'd have to write a new to-do list and writing a do-list isn't a time
demanding task and each day new tasks come up to complete. The date to achieve the
goals would be on a daily basis, allowing me only so much time to complete these goals,
which to me is good since it gives me self-discipline.
The second sub-goal of inviting new people to my Facebook business page allows
me to grow my business. By inviting new people once a week, it's a goal that has a specific
date. Each week I invite new people to my page so I can build my page and potentially get
new likes. Since I do it once a week, it's achievable. It's dated because it's something that I
need to do weekly. It's personal to me because my business is my life and it's a motivator
for me to continue to get better with my emotional dysfunction. It is positive because it
gives me a potential new customer and the more people that like my page, the more people
that are aware of my business. It allows me to build upon my business and expand. If I read
self-help books once a week, it would be a positive reinforcement for me to learn some
new skills to apply to my daily activities. For example, reading self-help books on how not
to worry as much, can really help me not think about things excessively. This is a dated
goal, only really requiring me to read something positive once a week to keep me focused
on the positives, and not the negatives so that I can handle my longer term goal of
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recovering from my emotional problems. This is an achievable goal because I love reading,
so being able to read once a week wouldn't be problematic since I find that I already read
self-help books more than once a week. It's personal since it allows me to work on my
well-being. This is also specific since reading self-help books is a stepping stone to
recovering. Writing to-do lists, inviting new people to my business Facebook page, and
reading self-help books relate back to the stressors of my daily life in many ways. The fact
that I need to write daily to-do lists to stay on track and manage my personal and business
life shows how overwhelmed I am to manage my daily activities. I have many tasks that I
have to do on a daily basis and I find the more tasks I have to do, the more stressful my life
is. So, by allowing myself to write my daily activities down on a piece of paper, once they
are written my only responsibility is making sure I complete them. I find the biggest stress
of all is trying to remember all of these activities. So, this would minimize my stress. So,
writing them down takes most of the stress away of having to remember them. The more
stressed I am, the harder it is for me to remember things. As for inviting new people to my
business Facebook page, I am constantly scared about not being able to achieve my dream
of building a reputable business that allows me to earn a good income. If I were to continue
inviting new people to my shop once a week, I feel these fears would decrease or go away
all together since I'd be utilizing a way to keep my business growing. If I didn't invite new
people to my shop, I feel I'd feel more like a failure and I'm not trying hard enough, which
increases my levels of stress. So, by inviting new people to my Facebook page, I am only
increasing my shop sales and finding new potential customers to minimize my fears of not
being able to be successful.
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My final goal of reading self-help books helps me gain an understanding of the
brain, psychological disturbances, advice, techniques, and awareness of my problems. In
order for me to achieve the long term goal of recovering from my emotional problems, I
need to work on myself through reading books that teach me the skills to apply to my
problems. Since I don't have the time for regular therapy, my option right now is self-help.
When I read, it relaxes me and puts me in a whole other world. It's very therapeutic for me.
I've come a long way thanks to self-help books. If I continue to read them, I am only going
to continue to minimize my emotional problems because of all the new skills I've picked up
from reading the books. I find that writing to-do lists daily benefits me so that I don't have
to try to remember everything I have to do, taking a lot of stress off my plate. Inviting new
people to my Facebook business gives me a sense of security of not having to worry that
my shop will not ever thrive or expand. It allows me to grow as a person and as a business.
It allows me to meet more people so that I can engage and be more social. It allows me to
challenge myself so that I become a self-disciplined person. Also, reading self-help books
keeps me in a positive state of mind. When a negative thought comes to mind, I can just
reflect on the ideas and advice in the self-help books. I know when I receive an insult from
someone, I'm able to think of it as them having problems, not me. So now I can easily
shrug the most emotionally devastating insult without a care in the world, thanks to my
extensive reading.
Knowing how to manage stress helps me achieve my personal and professional
goals by maintaining self-discipline. If I can handle a stressful situation as a positive
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opportunity to give me the reinforcement I need to accomplish then stress can be a good
thing. How you interpret stress and deal with it effects your personal and professional
goals. According to the studies, some stress can be good to help prevent more extreme
cases of stress. However, making decisions while under extreme levels of stress may not be
a good idea. Knowing that I'm capable of looking at a stressful situation as a positive and
I'm working towards achieving my goals, I can eliminate my stress.
My goals of graduating college, building a reputable business, and recovering from
my emotional problems allow me to work toward something greater. Since I'm working
towards something greater, I may experience slight normal levels of stress, however being
prepared with goals gives me the foundation that I need. I believe having the foundation is
what helps more extreme cases of stress from coming in. If I'm more prepared, I'll be less
prone to develop stress. If I don't manage stress well, I may lose track of activities that
need to get done, lose concentration, or procrastinate. For this reason, reading self-help
books, advertising my business once a week, and graduating college is vital in order to be
on the path to a stress-free and successful career.
I believe my stress management plan will be successful. I know at first it's going to
be difficult, such as this particular moment in my life. I just lost a friend of mine and my
boyfriend was hospitalized for medical problems. I now have to learn at this moment to
apply everything that I have just learned. I have been doing this for about two weeks, the
length of time my boyfriend has been gone and just yesterday dealing with the news of my
friends death. I have been coping with the anxiety and stress while also managing my
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responsibilities. It's tedious and do I ever want to give up. However, these horrible
situations is actually helping me figure out how to become more internal on my locus of
control. I feel like I am internal, however, after these two losses I have realized that I rely
too heavily on other people for my happiness. Having these two losses are devastating, but
it's helping me learn how to live on my own without the support from these two people. It's
devastating, but it's building me I guess you could say. Since I've made goals with sub-
goals included, I can work on them to improve my well-being. I've been working on my
goals before making them, and after actually making a plan with little goals, I have been
more keen on completing them. Because the goals I made such as graduate college, build
my business, and work on my mental health are big goals, I broke them down. Writing to
do lists is a great way to keep up with college work, which will help me graduate. Inviting
people to my business page, earns me possible new customers; and reading self-help books
gives me some tools to worth with to manage my symptoms. Having learned that we
shouldn't make decisions while stressed, and also learning that when we are stress we
sometimes look at the positives instead of the negatives, I can now utilize this information.
I find that I do think more when stressed and try to make quick fix decisions so that I don't
have to stress out. However, making the quick decisions normally did more harm than
good for me, not allowing me to see the big picture. I also realized after reading the article
"Stress Changes How People Make Decisions," that there are indeed positives to all
negative situations, and when you go through a difficult situation you will most likely look
for something positive to keep you going, to give you the strength that you need. Now,
knowing that I have a goal with sub-goals and knowledge about stress, I have more
awareness of my problems and can try to counteract them when something stressful takes
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over. The studies gave me the knowledge to combine all my goals with my levels of stress
to help me combat my problems. It may only be the beginning, but I feel a sense of relief in
knowing that I'm a fighter and I never give up.
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