In this Assignment, you will track and evaluate the impact of stress on your health and create a strategic plan to manage stress to promote resilience in your own life. This assignment has two (2) parts. In Part 1, you will keep a stress diary and analyze the results. In Part 2, you will write a 3- to 4-page paper (double spaced, APA format in style and references) that reviews PNI research and its implications for health broadly and personally by summarizing your analysis of your stress diary and creating a strategic plan to manage stress.
Part 1: Tracking and Analysis Directions
Tracking: To complete this assignment, you will need to keep track of stressful events in your life for at least two (2) days. Be sure to record at least four (4) to five (5) stressors for each day of tracking. Please factor the time needed for tracking into your planning for this assignment. Be sure to make regular entries throughout the day as stressors occur or shortly after. Obviously, do not record when it could be dangerous to do so. You may use the template provided in the Course Resources for tracking. For each stressor, note:
The date and time
Describe the stressful event in words and the situation surrounding the event.
Describe any physical symptoms you experienced.
Rate your stress level from 0â€“10, where 0 is the least and 10 is the most stress.
Rate your happiness from 0â€“10, where 0 is the least and 10 is the most happiness.
Rate how effectively you were able to work or stay on task from 0â€“10, where 0 is the least and 10 is the most effectively.
Describe your mood in words.
Describe the fundamental cause of the stressful event.
Reflect on how well you handled the stressful event.
Analysis: Review your tracking sheet and take notes on these issues:
Highlight the most frequent and unpleasant stressors.
Review your descriptions of the underlying causes and your assessment of how well you handled the event to determine if these reveal any problems that should be addressed.
Review the situations that are causing stress and note if any can be changed. Pay attention to the role of your moods and emotional responses to stress and how they impacted you and the situation.
Make note of any physical symptoms you experienced and compare them to your stress and mood ratings.
Did all stressors have a negative impact on your effectiveness and mood?
You should plan to submit a copy or photo of your tracking sheets and notes.
Part 2: Written Paper Directions
In Part 2, you will write a 3- to 4-page paper (double spaced, APA format in style and references) that reviews PNI research and its implications for health broadly and personally by summarizing your analysis of your stress diary and creating a strategic plan to manage stress. Address the following points in your paper.
Include an introduction giving an overview of the ways in which chronic stress can cause harm to health.
Explain why stress is a useful and relevant model to study mind-body interactions. Use supporting references to credible research sources.
Summarize the results of your stress tracking by noting the main sources of stress in your life, how they impact you, and how well you deal with stressors.
Summarize and reflect on the results of your analysis by describing any problems you noted and any changes that can be made.
Create a plan to manage your stress that includes at least one of each of the following types of strategies: action or behavior-oriented, emotion-oriented, and acceptance-oriented.
Describe the ways in which these strategies will be beneficial to your health in the short- and long-term.
Discuss at least two peer-reviewed research studies that support the scientific validity of strategies in your plan.
Provide a summarizing conclusion that describes the relationship between stress and health according to psychoneuroimmunology research and how this applies to your own health.
Be sure to include specific examples from the course readings to support your points and to cite in the proper APA style. You must include cited information from two peer-reviewed articles found in the Library to support and validate the ideas and information shared in your paper.
For APA guidelines, refer to the following sections in the Writing Resources:
An Introduction to APA Citation
Sample APA Citations
APA Manuscript Style
This Assignment should be written in essay format. Include an introductory paragraph, thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, summarizing conclusion, and references.
Use APA format for style, in-text citations, and complete references.
This Assignment should be at least 3 pages in length.