Stress Management Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jennifer Reed
Use this lesson plan to help students recognize stressors and healthy ways of dealing with stress using videos, class discussion, and a card game. Find, too, related lessons and optional activities to further their understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify common stressors
  • understand techniques to cope with stress


45-60 minutes


  • Note cards
  • Lined notebook paper

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.8

Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Begin by watching the video lesson Where Does Stress Come From?, pausing at 0:30.
  • Ask students to name stressors that a student or worker might encounter. Create a list of stressors on the board.
  • Finish playing the video. Ask the students to add to the list of stressors. Encourage them to include environmental stressors and internal stressors that were learned from the video.
  • Watch the video lesson Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure, pausing at 0:40.
  • Direct the students back to the list of stressors. Ask the students to identify ways to effectively deal with those stressors. Create a list of coping mechanisms on the board.
  • Finish playing the video. Ask the students to add to the list of coping mechanisms. Encourage them to include techniques and strategies that were learned from the video.
  • You should now have a list of stressors and coping mechanisms that will look something like the following:
    • Stressors: test anxiety, speech anxiety, math anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, long meetings, new or unexpected projects, harsh boss, heavy workload, conflict with a coworker, busy schedule, short deadlines, bad weather ruins your plans, homesick at college, argument with a friend
    • Coping Mechanisms: eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat a healthy breakfast, avoid eating junk food, look for positives, take a step back, ask for help, visualize a beautiful scene, get a massage, go for a walk, get enough sleep, don't sleep too much, prepare for a test, establish a routine, avoid too much caffeine, talk with a friend, speak with a trusted adult, prioritize your work tasks, organize your work space, don't linger on a test question, review your notes the night before a test, write down questions to help study for a test, identify the problem, ask questions, exercise, laugh, pace yourself

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