Do you know you can apply the 'STRESS' theory to reduce stress? Find out more from Emily.

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Task 1

Choose the correct way to finish each sentence.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I relieve and reduce stress listening to some music.
The easiest way is to do something that requires my attention.
It depends on the decision of the person.


Nowadays each of us has a stressful life. I think the main reason of stress is our society organisation, and particularly our work organisation. Thirty years ago, in our work we were told to reach a new goal : no stock, no delay. That was in order to optimize the societies'profits. Then once these goals, no stock and no delay were realised, we were taught that human beings were too numerous, too expensive; in order of increase profits, societies started to cut the number of their employees.
All of these issues have initiated more and more stress in our everyday lives. Are human beings able to cope with increasing harmful societies'organisation ? I'm not sure. There is a level of stress that is acceptable. I'm afraid that in most countries we are now above this acceptable level. Consequently the violence increase in a numerous fields : violence at school, violence against minorities, violence inside families and so on...
So is the S.T.R.E.S.S. method of the speaker good enough ? I doubt this method will be sufficient in the future.

just be optemistic , brother.Thierry