I have to write a cause & effect essay but am having a hard time coming up with a topic. You would think that would be the easy part! =) The only topics that have crossed my mind are: school, technology, and stress. I thought it might be easier to write about something that I can relate to! haha
The only guidelines that were given were: 2-3 pages, double spaced. (pretty broad)
Our teacher is allowing us to use our last couple of papers to lead up to our final term paper, so that is what I'm trying to do. I decided to use the topic of stress since I have already completed the 'cause & effect' paper. Our current paper is a research paper, which is what I'm posting below.
Essentially we can combine our last few papers, (even correcting the markups that the teacher made) to create our term paper. I'm working on a research paper with different information from my cause & effect paper, so that when the time comes, I can incorporate both papers to create my term paper. Hopefully that makes sense...
"I am so stressed out." Most people have probably said those exact words before. Typically, when someone hears the word stress, they picture someone strung out or about to pull his or her hair out. There are an indefinite numbers of things that can cause stress, such as family, high job expectations, relationship problems, lack of rest and so on.
"Family stress can be defined as a real or imagined imbalance between the demands on the family and the family's ability to meet those demands." (From Family Stress to Family Strengths) For example, if a family is forced to put their children in daycare because both parents work, this could place the family under stress. The additional expense of childcare, the scheduling of drop-off and pick-up between the parents, and the evening chores such as: cooking dinner, doing homework, and getting everything ready for the following day. These types of demands are commonly referred to as stressors. "A stressor is a life event or transition that happens in the family. It can be either positive or negative and can cause a change in the family's coping pattern." (From Family Stress)
Job stress is something that all workers face and everyone handles it differently. "...infrequent doses of job stress pose little threat and may be effective in increasing motivation and productivity, but too much - and too prolonged - can lead to a downward spiral - both professionally and personally." (Managing Job Stress) Jobs, such as ones that are in dangerous settings, or one that deals with demanding customers, tend to be more stressful, but is not limited to any one particular job or industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), states that "job stress, now more than ever, poses a threat to the health of workers - and the health of organizations. NIOSH defines job stress as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Stress also occurs when the situation has high demands and the worker has little or no control over it." (Managing Job Stress)
Another type of stress that people can experience from time to time is caused by relationship problems. Problems that fall within a relationship are very common, but one often misunderstands what causes them to occur. "Much of our relationship stress comes from our conscious and unconscious efforts to change or control other people. We want others to behave in certain ways, and when we can't get them to, we become angry and resentful. The more we try to change them and fail, the more angry, frustrated, and depressed we are likely to become." (Day 10: Relationship-Destroying Patterns) As well, most people are confused about what it takes to create a happy, successful, long-term relationship.
That is what I have so far. Now I have to come up with a conclusion, but I'm not exactly sure on how or what to end it with. If you can review what I have so far, I would greatly appreciate it!!
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