Chapter 16: Stress, Health and Coping


Exercises: Read & Learn

Exercises: Read, Watch & Learn

  1. Stress research has tended to focus on the impact of pretty major events (loss of a job, moving house etc) but little things can be stressful too!
    This has been captured by work on the impact of “daily hassles”. Read Find Relief From the Stress of Life’s Daily Hassles which describes some of the research; then put together a list of the hassles you are typically exposed to and the things you can do that could minimize your stress and/or lift your mood on a daily basis?
  2. Watch this Ted Talk which explores the possibility of How to Make Stress Your Friend

Video 16.1: How To Make Stress Your Friend,( kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend) uploaded by Kelly McGonigal.

a) What did you think? Has the speaker convinced you?
b) Are you motivated to change your behaviour?

Exercises: Watch & Learn



Birch, H. (2015).  Where is the world’s most stressful city?  Retrieved from

CBC., Marketplace. (2017).  Addicted to your phone?  Retrieved from

Greenberg, M. (2018, October 15). The Mindful self-express [Blog post].  Retrieved from

LaMotte, S. (2016, July 15). The psychology and neuroscience of terrorism [Video File]. Retrieved from

McGonigal, K. (2013 June).  How to make stress your friend [Video File]. Retrieved from

Morelli, J. (2016, March 17).  Proven ways to relieve stress that could be damaging your heart [Video File].  Retrieved from (2018).  6 helpful reminders for the overwhelmed person.   Retrieved from

Young, E. (2017).  New evidence shows the calming power of reminiscing about happy times.   Retrieved from


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