Anxiety and stress affect everyone at some point in their lives. For some people, it’s for a short amount of time, such as during exams. For others, ongoing anxiety can require additional support. Whether it’s short-term or long-term anxiety or stress, there are many strategies students can learn to help them manage anxiety and stress.
Students will identify when and how to seek professional help for long-term anxiety and stress.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- understand the difference between short-term and long-term anxiety and stress
- discuss and choose management strategies for further practice.
Compass points: How to manage stress and anxiety 40 min
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- Explain to students that they will be thinking about how to manage anxiety and stress. Briefly make the following points:
- Anxiety and stress affect everyone at some point in their lives.
- For some people, it’s for a short amount of time, such as during exams.
- For others, ongoing anxiety can require additional support.
- Whether it’s short-term or long-term anxiety or stress, there are many strategies that can be effective.
- Draw two intersecting lines in a + shape on the board. If online, share a digital version. Alternatively, provide an image on a compass.
- Write ‘N’, ‘S’, ‘E’ and ‘W’ on the points (like a compass). On each point, write:
- N: Need to know
- S: Stance or suggestion moving forward
- E: Excited
- W: Worrisome
- Provide students with access to the ReachOut.com article ‘How to manage your anxiety and stress’.
- Individually, in small groups or as a class, students read the article and make notes on their compass diagram. Use the following question prompts to help students.
- E = Excited: What excites you about anxiety/stress management techniques? What’s the upside?
- W = Worrisome: What do you find worrisome about trying strategies or talking about anxiety? What’s the downside?
- N = Need to Know: What else do you need to know or find out about strategies? What additional information would help you to evaluate which strategies you like?
- S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward: What is your current stance or opinion on managing anxiety or stress?
- Students share their diagrams with each other.
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