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The ABCs of Managing Stress
Voice 1 
Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Ryan Geertsma.
Voice 2 
And I’m Robin Basselin. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
Voice 1 
A family awakes to start the day. They have slept too long. They are late.  The mother hurries to make the morning meal. The fatherworries about being late for work.  What will his employer say? The youngest child cries. He cannot find his school work. And the oldest child worries about a test at school. Everyone in the family is experiencing feelings of pressure, or stress.
Voice 2 
Life can be busy and full of responsibilities. It does not matter where you live or who you are. Life is full of demands. These demands may comefrom work, school or family. The demands of life can cause feelings of mental, emotional, and even physical pressure. These feelings of stress can be intense.
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No one can avoid stress completely. However, there are simple ways to manage stress. And these steps can improve a person’s quality of life. Today’s Spotlight is on stress and a few basic ways you can manage stress in your life.Voice 2 
Stress is a normal, human reaction. When you experience pressure or danger, your body produces stress chemicals. These chemicals prepare your body to either fight or run away from the danger. This reaction can save your life.
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But, too much stress can be harmful.  It can make you tired. It can make you feel easily angered. And it can even make you sick. Over time, the continualrelease of stress chemicals can lead to diseases - diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease.
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The good news is that stress can be managed in healthy ways. And the first three letters of the English alphabet- A, B, and C can help you remember four simple ways to manage stress.
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The first two ways you can manage stress begin with the letter A.  First, you can ALTER, orchange, your situation.
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Imagine that Veejay lives in a small village. He is a fisherman. When he catches his fish, he has to decide where to sell them. He can sell them at the local market. Or he can sail along the coast and sell them at a larger market. He does not know which market needs fish today. If he sells his catch to a market with plenty of fish, he will not make as much money.He does not have much time to decide. The markets are only open for a few hours. Veejay is under pressure to make the best decision. How could Veejay alter the situation and reduce his stress?
Voice 1 
One way Veejay could alter his situation is by using a mobile phone. He could call both the local market and other markets along the coast. He could quickly learn which market needs fish thatday. Now he can make an informed decision. And he no longer has to worry or feel stressed.

Voice 2 
A second way to manage stress is another “A” word. It is to AVOID stress. We cannot always avoid stress. But sometimes, it can be easier than you would think.
Voice 1 
Imagine a young, married man and women named Cindy and Dave. They live in London, England. They both love milk in the morning.But they like different kinds. Dave likes milk fresh from the cow. Cindy likes milk from the market. They fight over which one to have. The fighting causes much stress for both of them. How could they avoid the situation and reduce their stress?
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One way they can avoid the situation is to have both kinds of milk. They could agree to each have their own container of milk. They can reducetheir stress by avoiding it. Morning can now be a happy time in their home.
Voice 1 
A third way to manage stress begins with the letter B - BUILD your mental, physical and spiritual resistance. Building resistance will increase your ability to live with stress. And it will reduce the affect of stress on your life.
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One way to strengthen your mental resistance is to imagine you are in...
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