Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography


Arbetter, S. (1992, October). Handling stress: the balancing act. Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader publication, 19(2), 7+. Retrieved from

This article gives a relatable story of handling stress when the author talks about a teenager trying to keep up with the same demands of another. Many people, especially teenagers, feel the need to keep up with the pace of others, even if that means overwhelming themselves. Including both the mind and body, this article argues the negative effects an excess amount of stress has on the body. Although it does say how some stress is normal to everyday life, but this overload is unhealthy and unreasonable for any teenager. The author includes how there lies, “a middle ground where certain stresses” can be beneficial (Arbetter). With this article I found it helpful that I was given a better insight of the topic of stress in general. Usually people associate stress with negativity, though this article broadened my view of different stressors.

Beck, L. (n.d.). As students head to school, here are some tips on what to eat – and avoid – to minimize stress. Retrieved December 5, 2015, from

This article is different than most of the others that I had searched for. As the others, it gives ways to help with stress, but instead of methods, it includes different tips on what to eat during stressful times. The author explains how the different components in food, such as vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals help influence a more positive mood. With specific food examples, the author explains how each of these different components regulate the mind and body’s ability to reduce stress levels. Overall it is a beneficial article because it gives a new side of methods to cope with stress. Many other articles were redundant, while this one stands out to me for its unique methods.

Beck, L. (n.d.). Stressed? Put down that burger. Retrieved December 5, 2015, from

This article also talks about different foods that help with stress. The author mentions how unhealthy foods such as burgers, fries, and nearly everything deep fried and greasy has a negative impact on stress levels. Not only being unhealthy for the body, these foods slow down metabolism which in turn slows down the body’s ability to minimize its stress. In fact, these fat-packed foods make an unfavorable combination with stress that tends to overwhelm the body even more. With these facts, I find this to be a helpful article because many people do not think food plays a role in stress levels when in fact it is a large factor of coping and dealing with it.

Berl, R. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2015, from

This specific article touches on the topic of extreme stress compared to normal stress levels. Day-to-day lives include small stressors such as running late to work or trying to reach a deadline, though some cause larger amounts of stress than others. The author talks about how managing the “fight-or-flight” response is key in handling these overloads of stress. It is also mentioned how it is important to keep key points in mind to be able to manage stress more easily without letting it get out of hand. This article helps me see the science behind stress and how different method have been scientifically proven to be more beneficial than others.

Exercise for Stress and Anxiety | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2015, from

Specifically focusing on one method of coping with stress, this article talks of recent studies of exercise and its effect on stress levels. There are different ways of exercise such as biking, walking, swimming, and running. Though all ways, whichever someone prefers, are beneficial to dealing and managing your stress. Creating daily goals and routines allows the mind and body to follow a set schedule and not let someone get off track and feel overwhelmed. In addition, exercise releases endorphins into the body which help fight against bad hormones that make you feel stressed and overworked.

How do you stress less? (2006, December). Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader publication, 33(4), 6. Retrieved from

This article gives specific data about different coping methods from a survey of students in grades 6-12. Their different methods, being music, sleeping, gaming, talking, and exercising are the four top ways to cope with their stress. It is proven that more girls cope with their stress rather than guys who tend to lead more towards the computer and video games. This article is very resourceful because it gives the reader a greater understanding of the most common ways young people deal with their anxieties.

Physical inactivity. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2015, from

This article talks more specifically on a certain method of coping with stress and how it benefits other factors of your life as well. This specific method, exercise, has positive effects on the mind and body. For one, it is good for your health to perform exercise at least three to four times per week. This lowers chances of getting diseases and helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This article relates back to my topic as well. It mentions how exercise is good for the mind because it gives it a break from the stress factors that it faces each day. Also, exercise helps people cope with stress because they feel as if they can unwind from a difficult day which was a really helpful argument for supporting my topic.

Positive Thinking: Reduce Stress and Enjoy Life More. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2015, from

Throughout this article the article goes into depth different tips to “stress hack your life” (Positive Thinking). The main argument is positive thinking and how it is the most beneficial aid in coping with stress. The article includes the power of positive thinking and ways it reduces stress, as well as how to promote positive thinking into someone’s everyday life. With all of these tips and a list of steps to follow, the author believes a person’s stress with diminish. This was a great article because not only does it give a strong argument, but it contains facts to back up each point. These facts are relatable to most people, making it a strong argument to help with my topic of different strategies of coping with stress.

Rowh, M. (2005, September). Stress busters! Why get distressed when you can de-stress instead? Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader publication, 32(1), 26+. Retrieved from

This article gives a specific story of a young girl and her struggle of coping with stress. From receiving a perfect score on the SAT to attending Yale, Janey Xu shares her story of her personal challenge with stress. She mentions how big a role it played in her life and how at some points it became very overwhelming. This article discusses how only limited amounts of stress can be beneficial, but if someone exceeds these amounts, it can cause negative effects to both the mind and body. Some forms can be good, but there comes a point when the stress levels need to be managed. This article not only gives Janet’s story, but also ways of acknowledging your own stress levels. After acknowledgment the author includes coping strategies that would help regulate these levels. Overall, it is a well-rounded article that was beneficial for me and my topic.







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