2. What causes you stress? Please list.• Time and lack.• Exam periods and day• Being too busy• High study loads• Getting injured• Missing a meeting with a friend3. Using the coping strategies discussed during the tutorial, list and evaluate the coping strategies you currently use to reduce your stress. Note: (1) Coping strategy need to be correctly identified, with the correct terminology used. (2) Provide evidence that you use each particular strategy that you have identified (3) Identify whether it is a problem-focused, emotion-focused or bad coping strategy.
Copying strategies, I am employed to reduce stress:• Planning (problem-focused coping strategy): – I think about something to reduce my stress. Evidence: When I feel stressed about exam day (e.g., making a study plan), I think all of the approaches to finishing my study and the result. I organize a timetable for studying before exam day (coping strategy active coping). Imagining and creating a plan is beneficial.
• Active coping (problem-focused coping strategy): I actively organize my other work priorities to have more spare time and to reduce stress. Evidence: When I am stressed, I cook enough food for four days, which gives me more free time during the week. Taking steps to reduce stress leads to achieving the goal.• Suppression of competing for activities (problem-focused coping strategy): I actively mitigate my other businesses to have more spare time. Evidence: I reduce my socializing, stop using a social network, and play fewer sports activities.• Positive reinterpretation and growth (emotional focused coping strategy): I think about the positive result if I do a weekly study plan. Evidence: I organize my study’s every week; it would help me review what I have studied for exam day. As a result, my sleeping habits will not be affected, especially on the day of the exam.
Thus, it will be easier to prepare for the exams.• Religion (emotion-focused): I do not think about a dangerous situation (e.g., injury). Evidence: Everything that happens to me is what God has intended. So, I have to continue with my Dancing and trust in God.
• Mental disengagement (less effective/harmful coping strategy): I can sometimes overuse my phone and watch TV too often. Evidence: When I am stressed, I start to use my phone for chatting with friends or watching videos (YouTube) this takes my mind off the problem. 4. Evaluate the relationship between your health behavior and your stressors. For example, if you are feeling stressed how does that impact on your ability to adhere to your SMART goals.My health behavior is impacting my sleeping habits. Stress increases anxiety, which affects my health behavior (sleeping habits); the more I stress, the more I experience a negative impact on my well-being. Frequently, I become stressed when I am ” busy.
” Being too busy distracts me from my activities and achieving my SMART goal of Dancing. However, Dancing reduces my stress, as well as improving my sleeping habits.5. Give your scores for Internal, Chance and Powerful others. Discuss your scores about how much control you feel like you have over your SMART goal.Internal = 12 External = 6 Powerful others= 4 My result confirms that I have a very internal locus of control.
My SMART goal is to four times a week. And I believe that Dancing is something we choose to do and is within our capabilities. My low results in the “external” and “powerful others” categories show that I am not quitting my Dancing because of fate, luck, chance or because of other important people and factors in my life.
However, I do believe that everything is within my control. For example, my studying and the different tasks I have every week. Therefore, I have decided to create a structured weekly timetable that will guide me through the week and will not give me a chance for luck, fate, or other people to force me not to Dance. Additionally, a weekly deadline is helpful because it is easy to prioritize tasks.
6. As discussed in the locus of control tutorial there are four domains of control beliefs (Behavioural, Cognitive, Decisional, and Informational). For each of these areas, identify a strategy you could use to increase your sense of control over your SMART goal7. Explain how each plan would enhance your knowledge of control over your SMART goal within that domain. Question 5 and Question 6 could answer together.
• Behavioral field of control strategy: On rainy days, I can utilize the gym in my building. This practice will improve my sense of self-discipline because I will not change my timetable or give a chance of dropping out of my Dancing schedule. • Cognitive domain of control strategy: On days when I am not dancing, I can encourage myself, “If I dance, I will have better health as well as improve my sleeping habits through decreased anxiety.” that this will enhance my sense of control because it will inspire me to dance to be healthier and get the results I am seeking.
• Decisional domain of the control strategy: On the day that I am going to meet a friend or was scheduled to dance. I will manage my weekly time to avoid a clash and also to make a decision about when I dance and when to meet friends. That will enhance my sense of control because I can manage my weekly timetable. As a result, I will dance and socialize at the same time.
• Informational domain of the control strategy: On winter days when I don’t dance as I want to avoid cold or flu, I will obtain tips about dancing cold weather by asking and researching on the internet. That will improve my sense of control as it gives me methods and advice to avoid cold and flu while dancing.