Escaping Stress

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties of modern life. Some read; some exercise; others work in their gardens. What do you think are the best ways of reducing stress? Use specific details and examples in your answer.
    • What are some things that are stressing you out?
    • What is your go-to strategy to alleviate your stress?
    • In what ways can stress be harmful?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
stress (n) pressure or tension felt
Ever since she was little, she struggled with managing her stress
breath (n) an inhalation and exhalation of your lungs
Sometimes, you just need to take a breath before moving onto a difficult project.
worried (adj) anxious or troubled
He was always worried about how his kids were doing during the day.
relaxing (adj) made less tense or anxious
She found reading with a cup of tea something very relaxing when she was stressed out.
alleviate (v) make something less severe
It’s important to find something that will alleviate your stress so it doesn’t become overwhelming.
cope (v) deal effectively with something difficult
The teenager chose to color in order to cope with the stress of school.
escape from (expression) break free
There are many ways that you can escape from stress no matter where you are.
burn out (expression) to harm one’s health from being overwhelmed
If you’re constantly working, you’ll soon burn out and your health may suffer.
fill up (expression) raise to the top of something
She desperately wanted to fill up her time with something other than work.
easy does it (expression) calm down
Whenever she was overwhelmed with school, her mom would tell her that easy does it and to relax.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“It’s not stress that kills us. It’s our reaction to it.”
― Hans Selye

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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