Coping with Stress

General English, Speaking Lessons
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Coping with Stress”

Lesson Description

What do you do when you are at your wit’s end? In this lesson, students will learn about ways to cope with stress. This lesson features a video that discusses seven tips for reducing stress and ways to introduce more Zen into your life. Students will learn and practice idioms and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about tips for coping with stress

  • To learn and review idioms relating to the topic

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Are you constantly feeling tired and overwhelmed? Stress can negatively affect the health of both our minds and bodies. In this video, you will learn about seven tips for reducing stress. Find out about simple and easy ways to zap the stress and introduce more Zen into your life.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

zap [verb]: to attack, kill or destroy something in a quick and powerful way
binge [noun]: an occasion when you eat or drink too much
load up on something [phrasal verb]: to buy or collect a large amount of something
lean [adjective]: containing no or little fat; thin and healthy
catch some z’s [idiom]: to take a nap or sleep
boost [noun]: an increase or improvement, or an action causing this
blow off steam [idiom]: get rid of negative energy, anger, or strong emotions by doing a physical activity
curl up [phrasal verb]: to lie in a comfortable curved position
unwind [verb]: to relax your body or mind after a period of work or a time when you are stressed
chill out [phrasal verb]: to relax completely and not worry or feel stressed
lift somebody’s spirits [idiom]: to make someone happier
brighten somebody’s day [idiom]: to make a situation more pleasant
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