EVALUATION OF STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR HIGHER SECONDARY
STUDENTS IN SALEM DISTRICT-TAMIL NADU
Stress is the body’s General response to any intense physical, emotional or mental demand placed on it by on self or others. Anything can be stressor if it last long enough is perceived as stress. Stress is any situation that evokes negative thoughts and feelings in a person. Being a student can be the most interesting time of one’s life. New friends, new places, new challenges can make a student life stress full. Most students will feel the effect of stress at some point in their studies and a small number of students may feel stressed or depressed for most of the time. Financial worries, dept, exam pressure, burden of course work and relationship problem create lot of pressure on students.
Stress management encompasses techniques to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with physiological stress. Stress management involves techniques include self management, conflict resolution, positive attitude, self talk, breathing, meditation, exercise, diet and rest. Effective stress management involves learning to set limits for the issues that create stress. The project make and attempt to study whether the students perceiving higher secondary education in Salem district are subject to stress and to what extent they are affected by stress full events occurring during important part of their life.
Review of literature
A critical issue concerning stress among students is its effect on learning. The Yorkers-Dodson law (1908) Postulates that individual under low high stress least and that those under moderate stress learn the most. A study supports the idea that excessive stress is harmful to students’ performance.
Another model (Lazarus 1966) states that stressful events can be appraised by an individual as challenging or threatening events. When students consider their education as a challenge, stress can bring a sense of confidence and an increased capacity to learn.
Hirsch and keniston, 1970, estimated 50% of students entering college finish their degree four years later.
Falk, 1975, Hirsch and Keniston, 1970, Katz and other 1969, opined that the “Fight or Fight” formulae distance themselves from the source of stress.
Wendy Moore, estimate that more than half of the students 53% are more stressed since staring university life (Student Living Report 2002).
Stress advisor Dr.Malcolm VanddenBurg wounded that the first mention of the term stress came in 1955 at a conference run by Royal Society of Medicine, and now it has got worse.
Leslie S.Kaplan suggested some ways of coping with stress which include the following
• Change the source of the stress
• Confront the source of the stress
• Talk about the source of stress
• Shift your perspective
• Learn skills and attitudes that make tasks easier and more successful.
• Take time out for enjoyable activities
• Ignore the source of the stress
• Get regular physical exercise and...