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Ch 1: Stress Management & Coping Skills Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

These lesson plans and related resources on stress management and coping skills can help students of many ages. You'll find activities and techniques that can help your students deal with stress both in and out of school.

Stress Management Coping Skills Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Stress is a part of everyday living, and how we deal with it has a profound impact on our health and overall well-being. This chapter on coping skills and stress management provides lesson plans, activities, and other resources that you can incorporate into your classes to help your students manage their stress levels and cope with high-pressure situations. You'll find resources that can help you teach students what stress is, what causes it, and some effective ways to reduce and manage it using techniques like meditation and hypnosis. This chapter can help you build lessons and activities on:

  • The definition of stress and how it affects us
  • Common causes of stress
  • How children and teens can manage their stress levels
  • What college students can do to cope with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Ways to use meditation and hypnosis as coping mechanisms
  • Causes and prevention of suicide

How It Helps

  • Class discussion questions/topics: Offers lessons on stress management and coping skills that you can use as inspiration for class discussion.
  • Activities and games: Includes information and activities that can help students from elementary school age to college level cope with stress.
  • Curriculum standards: Ensures that your lessons on stress management and coping skills are consistent with current learning standards.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on stress management and coping skills easy.

  • Find lesson plans for the specific stress management and coping skills that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these stress management lesson plans.
  • Share the related stress management and coping skills lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on stress management and coping skills.
  • Engage your students with relevant stress management-related games and activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

48 Lessons in Chapter 1: Stress Management & Coping Skills Lesson Plans
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Stress Management Lesson Plan

1. Stress Management Lesson Plan

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

Where Does Stress Come From?

2. Where Does Stress Come From?

Explore the wonderful world of all the things that cause us stress. From school and work to internal and interpersonal stressors, we'll define what stressors are and the many places they arise from in this lesson.

Stress Management Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Stress Management Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your elementary students about stress and ways they can cope. Students will read a text lesson explaining sources of stress and methods of coping, then make a plan for handling their own stress.

Stress Management: Lesson for Kids

4. Stress Management: Lesson for Kids

Let's face it. The world can be a stressful place! In this lesson, we will learn how to spot things that are stressful. We will also talk about how to reduce that unwanted stress.

Coping Skills Lesson Plan

5. Coping Skills Lesson Plan

Your students likely already know what stress is, but this lesson plan will help them cope with it more effectively. It focuses not only on academic and work stress, but also how other factors can cause someone to have too much stress.

Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

6. Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

Work, school, and life in general have plenty of things that cause us a lot of stress. If you'd like to learn some techniques that help to deal with these problems, watch or read this lesson.

Helping College Students Manage Stress

7. Helping College Students Manage Stress

Stress is part of life, and managing it can be tricky. College students are under a lot of new stresses experiencing adult life for the first time. This lesson explains how to identify signs of stress and ways to combat stress.

Helping College Students with Anxiety

8. Helping College Students with Anxiety

Anxiety is a common problem that many college students face. This lesson describes the differences between everyday anxiety and anxiety disorders, as well as prevention and treatment. Following the lesson, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.

Helping College Students with Depression

9. Helping College Students with Depression

College depression can be lead to unhealthy behaviors. This lesson addresses signs of college depression as well as prevention and coping strategies to help college students.

Stress Management Activities for Teens

10. Stress Management Activities for Teens

Adolescence can be a stressful time! As a teacher of teenagers, you may be wondering how to help minimize stress among your students. This lesson gives you some ideas of stress management activities you can incorporate into the classroom.

Stress Management Activities for Kids

11. Stress Management Activities for Kids

Young students are often very susceptible to stress but don't have the tools to deal with it. This lesson will provide several activities and strategies you can use in your classroom to help your students manage stress.

Teaching Stress Management to Children

12. Teaching Stress Management to Children

In this lesson we discuss how to teach stress management techniques to children, including deep breathing, meditation, and some apps available on the Internet.

Stress Management Group Activities

13. Stress Management Group Activities

Whether you are a teacher, coach, counselor or other group leader, it is so important to teach your group strategies for stress management. This lesson offers specific activities to help a group learn how to manage stress.

Stress Lesson Plan

14. Stress Lesson Plan

Teach your students about stress with this video-based lesson plan. Students will watch a video defining the different types of stress and detailing causes of each. Discussion questions, differentiation techniques, and application activity make sure learning sticks.

Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

15. Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

Stress, distress, eustress: just thinking about those terms may make you stress out! Don't worry, this lesson will define them and show plenty of examples of them in a manner that will calm your mind!

Coping Skills Activities

16. Coping Skills Activities

Coping skills are something that can benefit students of all ages. Even adult struggle to cope sometimes. Check out these types of activities for improving coping skills.

Coping Skills Role Play Ideas

17. Coping Skills Role Play Ideas

Learning coping skills is as important as learning any other skill. This lesson reviews some ideas on how to facilitate role-playing scenarios to develop proper coping skills in school-aged children.

Zach Gets Frustrated Activities

18. Zach Gets Frustrated Activities

''Zach Gets Frustrated'' by William Mulcahy will get your students talking about Zach and how he copes with his problems. Use these activities to get your students engaged with the book.

Managing & Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom

19. Managing & Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom

In this lesson, we will look at the prevalence, cause, and purpose of anxiety. Then we will use this information to inform a classroom practice that will reduce incidents of anxiety and how to recognize when it may indicate a disorder.

How to Deal with Negative Attitudes in the Classroom

20. How to Deal with Negative Attitudes in the Classroom

Have you ever had a child you just couldn't get through to? Negative attitudes towards school, education, and adult relationships can put a damper on teaching and learning. In this lesson, we'll look at examples of these behaviors and ways to address them in the classroom.

Test Anxiety Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Test Anxiety Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is test anxiety and how can we alleviate it? This lesson plan uses a guided discussion to teach elementary grade students about test anxiety. An activity helps students create a plan for preventing it.

Meditation Lesson Plan

22. Meditation Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce meditation and hypnosis to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, read a text lesson, discuss various aspects of meditation, and try out meditation techniques throughout the lesson.

Meditation: Definition, Techniques & Benefits

23. Meditation: Definition, Techniques & Benefits

Meditation has been around for millennia but it has only gained wider acceptance in many countries recently. What is it? How can it be performed? And is it even worth it? This lesson explains.

Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis

24. Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis

How can you reach an altered state of consciousness without drugs? Meditation and hypnosis are two techniques that can promote a relaxed state of mind. Watch this video to learn the difference between the two and their possible effects.

Meditation Activities for Children

25. Meditation Activities for Children

Meditation is a good way to help students learn how to center and calm themselves. This lesson discusses different meditation activities for a variety of ages.

Mindfulness Activities for Anxiety

26. Mindfulness Activities for Anxiety

Anxiety is a very real issue for kids today. This lesson discusses mindfulness activities that can be used for students who struggle with anxiety in school.

Mindfulness Lesson Plan

27. Mindfulness Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about mindfulness. Have students read about and discuss the topic; then integrate an activity that gives them the opportunity to participate in a mindfulness session.

Meditation Activities for Adults

28. Meditation Activities for Adults

Meditation is practiced in many forms. It can be used to increase focus, for relaxation, and even for problem-solving. These activities have been specifically designed to teach adults about the magic of meditation.

Relaxation Lesson Plan

29. Relaxation Lesson Plan

What is relaxation and what can be done to elicit it? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to outline key facts about relaxation. An activity provides opportunities for students to demonstrate what they've learned.

Relaxation Techniques: Breathing Exercises, Aromatherapy, Massage, Muscle Relaxation & Visualization

30. Relaxation Techniques: Breathing Exercises, Aromatherapy, Massage, Muscle Relaxation & Visualization

There are many different methods that are helpful to induce feelings of relaxation. This lesson discusses five types of relaxation techniques. We end with a quiz to test what you have learned.

Anger Management Lesson Plan

31. Anger Management Lesson Plan

What can we do to deal with anger? Two text lessons give students an overview on anger management and an activity allows them to apply what they've learned. Related lessons and extensions are provided for future instruction.

What is Anger? - Definition & Types

32. What is Anger? - Definition & Types

In this lesson we will learn about the complex emotion anger and the many different ways humans express it. Take a quiz after the lesson to test your knowledge.

Anger Management Techniques & Therapy

33. Anger Management Techniques & Therapy

In this lesson you will learn the definition of anger, aggression, and anger management. You will learn techniques of anger management and types of therapy that assist individuals with anger management. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.

Anger Management Lesson Plan for Elementary School

34. Anger Management Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What can we do to manage our anger? This lesson plan teaches students about anger and how to manage it. An activity challenges students to show what they know about anger management.

Anger Management Games & Activities

35. Anger Management Games & Activities

Helping students learn to cope with and deal effectively with their anger is essential for running a smooth classroom. This lesson gives ideas of games and activities you can use to teach student anger management skills for all ages.

Anger Management & Conflict Resolution

36. Anger Management & Conflict Resolution

This lesson will provide information on how to deal with anger and conflict by offering anger management and conflict resolution techniques and strategies. The terms anger and conflict will also be defined.

Death & Dying Lesson Plan

37. Death & Dying Lesson Plan

This lesson plan helps students understand different types of death. It also allows students to create a guide to explain their final wishes to loved ones.

Stages of Grief Lesson Plan

38. Stages of Grief Lesson Plan

What are the stages of grief and how do they play out in the face of grief? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about grief, while an activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

39. Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

Death is a term most are familiar with, but the underlying emotions and processes that accompany death are not. This lesson will define and detail the stages of grief and bereavement. In addition, this lesson will differentiate between the grief process of children and adults.

Managing Anxiety Activities for High School Students

40. Managing Anxiety Activities for High School Students

In today's stressful world, anxiety can be a major struggle for adolescents. This lesson offers some activities that will help your high school students manage anxiety now and throughout their lives.

Dealing With Stress Discussion Questions

41. Dealing With Stress Discussion Questions

Stress causes some of the most damaging conditions to occur in the body. Your high school or college students will learn how to deal with stress as they go through answering the discussion questions below.

Stress Management Activities for Middle Schoolers

42. Stress Management Activities for Middle Schoolers

By middle school, students will be more aware of their mental and emotional health and well-being. Use these activities to help students recognize and manage stress in their day-to-day lives.

Activities to Teach Change Management

43. Activities to Teach Change Management

The activities in this resource will help your students work on strategies that will help them stay comfortable amidst change. There are individual and group activities in this resource.

Stages of Change Group Activities

44. Stages of Change Group Activities

Use these activities to help your high school students engage with the stages of change detailed in Prochaska's transtheoretical model (TTM). In these activities, students apply the concepts independently, with partners, and in teams.

Team-Building Activities Dealing with Change

45. Team-Building Activities Dealing with Change

Team-building activities can help your students gel as a unit and work together more effectively. Dealing with change is a challenge so these activity ideas will help middle, high school, college, or adult students learn to deal by coming together.

Coping with Change Activities

46. Coping with Change Activities

Although coping with change can be challenging at any age, it is especially so for middle and high school students. Use these activities to help your students learn to process emotions, take positive action, and find support to deal with change.

Stress Management Group Activities for College Students

47. Stress Management Group Activities for College Students

Many college students have high stress levels, as they learn to balance their academic, work, and personal lives. Use these activities to help your students set priorities, focus on self-care, and identify stress relievers.

Art Therapy Stress Management Activities

48. Art Therapy Stress Management Activities

Art therapy is an excellent tool for managing stress. Engage students of any age in these activities designed to help quell anxiety, express emotion, and relieve stress.

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