Primary Standard: Health Behaviors


Learning Plan Title: “Stress Reducers”


HE. 7.3.3 Students will recognize signs of and strategies to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Performance Descriptor:

Mastery Level:  Students will recognize causes of stress, anxiety and/or depression.



Book of humorous jokes, video of comedian (appropriate to age group and classroom setting), TV/VCR

Learning Plan:  


VISUAL IMAGERY: Encourage students to design their own relaxation scene. It should be a place they like to go to relax (beach, fishing hole, etc.) or anyplace they can imagine as a restful place. Ask them to close their eyes and picture the scene. What are the shapes, the sounds, and the smells? Whenever they feel under stress they can take a "mental vacation," closes their eyes, and conjures up this scene.  

MEDITATION : For this demonstration you need four things: a quiet place, one word or sound to focus on, a relaxed attitude, and a comfortable position. This technique is a breathing exercise. "Each time you breathe, concentrate on the feelings and changes in your body that occur with each breath. Listen to your breath, hearing the sounds of breathing in and out. Allow the thoughts of the day to be forgotten. Repeat a special word rather than listening to your breathing if this works better for you. Fifteen minutes of meditation can be effective in reducing tensions, and the more you practice, the less your mind will wander as you do this."

LAUGHTER : Explain that laughing and having fun is great medicine (as long as you aren't laughing at someone or using laughter as a way to avoid an uncomfortable feeling). Laughter can produce a release of energy and a reduction of tension.



1. One stress reduction technique I want to try is . . ..

2. What are some of the reasons people who might know these techniques chose not to use them?

3. What roadblocks can you think of that would keep you from using one of these techniques on a regular basis?

How can you overcome that roadblock?

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