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HWE 415 Week 4 – Discussion Forum

Week 4 – Discussion Forum

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

College Students and Stress Case Study [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 2, 5, 6]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 4: Stress and the College Student, Chapter 13: Physiological Arousal Interventions, Chapter 14: Strategies for Decreasing Stressful Behaviors, read An Examination of Stress in College Students Over the Course of a Semester, watch the Help! I’m Stressed videoand review the webpages Teens and College Students (Links to an external site.), and Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress (Links to an external site.).

College students, as you may know from personal experience, face many stressful situations. Different factors can trigger stress and, subsequently, stressful responses in students of all ages and backgrounds. Appropriate interventions must be taken to address stress-causing factors and help preserve the health and wellness of college students.

For students whose last name begins with the letter A-M, please select the following case study:

Bri-Anne is 20 years of age and enrolled at AMP University. She lives in the dorm and shares a room with Sue. Sue struggles with finances and frequently argues with her boyfriend; jealousy is also a big concern in this relationship. Bri-Anne has witnessed many of their arguments and occasionally helps Sue out by giving her money for food or other needed expenses. One of Bri-Anne’s best friends was recently raped at a party, which has caused Bri-Anne several sleepless nights, anxiety about the campus, and worries regarding her own safety. Bri-Anne’s grades have suffered since that incident; she feels overwhelmed and has self-doubts. Additionally, she feels pressured to perform well in her upcoming assessments and final exams.

For students whose last name begins with the letter N-Z, please select the subsequent case study:

Joe is 37 years of age and enrolled at an online institution for the completion of his undergraduate degree. He currently juggles a part-time course load, along with his full-time job as a personal trainer. Due to the nature of his job, he primarily works early mornings, afternoons, evenings, and some weekends. Thus, he has to fit-in schoolwork whenever he can. Joe is married to Danielle and they have two small children (ages 4 and 2). While Joe and Danielle have a good marital relationship, finances are tight since Danielle does not work. Joe has missed some assignment submission deadlines, which have caused him sleepless nights and many restless days. He admits to being stressed and has relied on alcohol several times to calm himself down and help him go to sleep.

After reading your specific case assignment, please address the following elements:

  • Briefly analyze the relationship between the student’s stress factors and the impacts on his/her Use the text as a reference to support this connection.
  • Propose at least four appropriate interventions as discussed in the course text, and identify whether these fall within the life-situation, perception, or emotional arousal intervention One of these interventions needs to address financial stressors of the college student.
  • Assess how one of your intervention recommendations would change if the college student was a minority

Support your initial posting with your course text and at least one additional scholarly resource to support your work (see the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) for more information). Your posting should be at least 300 words in length and meet APA Style formatting standards (see Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) for more information).

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HWE 415 Week 3 – Journal

Autogenic Training

[WLOs: 2, 4] [CLO: 2]

This week, you learned about various relaxation techniques for stress management, as highlighted in Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12. Autogenic training, explained in Chapter 11, can be quite effective for managing stress. As part of this reflective journal, you will utilize autogenic training and share your feedback once you are done. Read Relaxation Techniques for Health (Links to an external site.), and watch All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes (Links to an external site.). Puddicombe discusses the importance and benefits of being mindful.

Before completing this assignment, please ensure that you are undisturbed for approximately 30 minutes. The environment you are in should be quiet and comfortable. The author of your textbook discourages participants from ingesting a stimulant or eating right before participating in this training. When you are ready, assume a body position of your choice, as outlined on pages 251-252 of the course text. Next, listen to the Breath & (Links to an external site.) Autogenics Meditation  (Links to an external site.)recording by Dr. Lichtenstein.

Upon completion of the training, please assess your experience via Lab 11.1. Compose an APA-formatted paper, sharing your experience and self-assessment. Your paper should be written in paragraph format and address the following:

  • Explain your Autogenic Training Experience: describe how you felt during the training, the environment, and any thoughts that occurred while completing this training.
  • Assess your lab responses, including your score.
  • Evaluate any challenges you faced while completing this exercise.

Your journal should be one to two pages in length. Include an APA formatted title and reference page. Remember to cite and reference your course text and any additional resources you may have used for the completion of this assignment, according to APA Style (see APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.), and Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) for more information).

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HWE415 Week 3 – Discussion Forum

Week 3 – Discussion Forum

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Spirituality, Relaxation Techniques, and Health [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 2, 5]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12 in the course text. Read The Unique Role of Spirituality in the Process of Growth Following Stress and TraumaWhat Meditation Can Do for Your Mind, Mood, and Health: Taking a Few Minutes to Focus Your Mind Each Day Can Reduce Stress, Pain, Depression, and More.

Next, reflect on your current stressors and address the following:

  • Explain the impact of religion and spirituality, as it pertains to health and stress management. Use the text as a minimum to support this relationship.
  • Assess the benefits of meditation to your health and well-being. If you do not implement meditation techniques at this time, hypothesize how this practice could positively impact your health and well-being in the future.
  • Evaluate the benefits of one of the following techniques: autogenic training, imagery, or progressive relaxation. How could the practice of your chosen technique reduce your experienced stressors?
  • Develop a plan for being more mindful in your life relating to one of the following activities: mindful breathing, mindful eating, mindful listening, or mindful walking. State your rationale for selecting this particular area of focus.

Your initial post must be at least 300 words in length. Include your course text and one additional scholarly resource to support your work (see the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) for more information). All citations and references must adhere to APA Style formatting standards (see Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) for more information).

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HWE415 Week 2 – Journal

Week 2 Journal: Perceptions

[WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6]

A person’s life experiences, culture, health status, lifestyle choices, relationships, perceptions, personality, and outlook on life can all be tied to stress, either positively or negatively. Many interventions are thoroughly discussed in your assigned readings for this week, which can be applied to prevent stress or to help better manage stressful responses. Now is a great time to gain additional insight and awareness into your inner self by exploring perceptions related to your awareness, attitudes, humor, personality, self-esteem, locus of control, anxiety, resiliency, and Prior to completing the journal assignment, read the article by Edmond et al., (2014), Distressing Relationships, Anger, and Stress Amplification in a Sample of Young Adult African Americans, listen to the Speaking of Psychology: The Stress of Money (Links to an external site.) podcast, review the Cleveland Clinic webpage on Stress: Coping With Life’s Stressors (Links to an external site.), and watch Body Language and Assertiveness: Workplace Essentials.

Next read Chapter 8: Perception Interventions. Chapter 8 includes several lab assessments pertaining to perceptions. For this journal assignment, please complete the following steps:

  • Choose one lab assessment from Chapter 8 which you find most interesting to explore
  • When completing the selected assessment, follow the directions
  • Score your responses, as outlined within your
  • Prepare a summary of the assessment, including your score, and the assessment outcomes.
  • Develop an intervention to better manage your stress levels. Select an evidenced based method discussed in the course text (e.g., deep breathing, meditation, etc.).
  • Explain why this intervention method was chosen and how you will know if the method is being effective.

Your journal should be one to two pages in length. Include an APA formatted title and reference page. Remember to cite and reference your course text and any additional resources you may have used for the completion of this assignment, according to APA Style (see APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.), and Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) for more information).

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HWE415 Week 1 – Assignment

Character Study

[WLOs: 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review Chapters 1, 2, and 3 from the course text, read the article by Keller et al., (2012), Does the Perception That Stress Affects Health Matter? The Association With Health and Mortality, and watch Seriously Stressed. Many of you may be familiar with the classic tale of George Bailey (James Stewart) in It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey portrays a young man who encounters many major life events. Although he has ambitions to go to college and travel the world, the death of his father crushes his dreams. He decides to stay in his home town to manage the family business, Bailey Building and Loan. Over the years, Henry F. Potter, George’s nemesis, tries to overtake the family business as it struggles with financial difficulties. As time passes, George Bailey marries and has four children. George’s major stressor presents itself, and the way he perceives and reacts to this stressor, paves the way for the outcome of the movie. While George tries to run away from this stressor, the support of his family and friends help him through it.

To get a brief overview of the movie, watch It’s a Wonderful Life Trailer (Links to an external site.) (2:11). Be sure to watch Frank Capra’s 1946 version of the film. Then search for the following clips that depict some of George’s stressful moments:

View for the fight or flight response:

Use the HWE 415 Week 1 Assignment Template  downloadprovided, and address the following elements in your Character Study:

  • Identify four of George’s stressors; these can be distressful or eustressful events.
    • Support these examples of stress with the course text.
  • Assess George’s physiological, social, and emotional reactions to these stressors in the movie.
    • Provide two examples of George’s physiological reactions.
    • Provide two examples of George’s social reactions.
    • Provide two examples of George’s emotional reactions to his stressors.
    • Use the course text as a minimum to support your response; the movie should be cited when it is being explained.

Throughout the movie, George encounters many stressors, but there are two major stress events that he must decide whether to “fight or flight.” The fight-or-flight response is a way the body reacts to stress. When faced with a stressor, the body prepares to fight it or run away from it. After watching the video clips above,

Please note: The full version of It’s A Wonderful Life may be found on Websites like Vimeo https://vimeo.com/280022699 (Links to an external site.)  It can also be purchased or rented for a minimal charge from YouTube or other media sites.

The Character Study assignment