Sample Lesson
Too Much Stress
Ruth Devlin

Some days are really busy. You have to do many things, but you don’t have enough time. You feel stress. You are worried and anxious. Your heart beats fast. Your stomach feels bad.

What can you do about your stress? Try closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths. That can help you feel better. You can also listen to some music. Playing soft music relaxes your brain and body. Listening to ocean or nature sounds can also help you relax.


Conversation A
(in the Jungle Café)
Taylor: Hi, Matt. Why aren’t you eating anything?
Matt: Because my stomach doesn’t feel well.
Taylor: Are you sick?
Matt: No. I have too many things to do. And I don’t have enough time to do them.
Taylor: So you’re feeling a little stress.
Matt: I’m feeling a lot of stress!
Taylor: Your heart must be beating fast.
Matt: It is. I’m worried and anxious. How can I do everything?


Conversation B
Taylor: Well, worrying about it won’t help.
Matt: I know. But I can’t help it.
Taylor: So try this. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths.
Matt: OK. Like this?
Taylor: Yes.
Matt: I do feel a little better. I guess.
Taylor: When you get back to the offi ce, you can turn on some soft music. That often helps me.
Matt: Thanks. I’ll try that, too.

1. What does Taylor tell Matt to do fi rst?
2. When do you feel stress?