Stress and Coping Project

Stress and Coping Project

Stress and Coping Project


Stress and Coping Project

Guidelines and Rubric

You will create, manage, and apply a chosen coping or relaxation technique and keep a journal of your

overall well-being. For two weeks straight, you will engage in a reliable technique (e.g., meditation) for 10-

15 minutes every day. Before each session, you will record your overall mood and stress using the Daily

Stress and Coping Entry Form (available in Doc Sharing). You should have an entry form for each day.

Before and after beginning the project, you will evaluate your overall mood.

Write a general overview on the benefits of the stress management technique you used, the challenges

you encountered in trying to utilize the technique, and whether you plan on using the learned technique in

the future. Included in this paper should be a summary of results using a chart, graph, or other

presentation of personal data. This report should be between two and three double-spaced pages using

APA style formatting.


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.