Sample Coursework Paper on Week Eight

I am a chain smoker and would like to eliminate this habit. To accomplish this, I will have to go through the five stages of behavioral change. In the first phase, the first part will entail pre-completion, which will entail having circumstances beyond my control. I am in a position not to avoid smoking because I am enjoying it, and I am addicted to it. For the action step, I will have to find the facts concerning the effect of smoking.

In stage two, I will be undergoing contemplation since I have the intention to stop smoking but not willing to take immediate action. I will, therefore, undertake the two action step, I will look at the risks am getting into as a result of smoking. In step three, I will make preparation, where I will stop criticizing myself but rather focus into future vision. I will, therefore, undertake the baby steps, and move onto the next ones as the previous ones succeed.

In the fourth stage, I will come up with alternatives for smoking and start replacing them. As an action step, I will focus on keeping myself on track each and every day. In stage five, I will motivate myself as well as maintain by keeping away from the smoking habit. Finally, I will make a list of negative aspects I encountered from smoking.

I have the goal of stopping smoking so that I can improve my health, and for this, there are steps that I will have to go through so as to realize my goal. The first step will entail being silent; learning the art of silence. I will stop talking and concentrate and begin working on my goals. This is based on the fact that action is what will make me realize my intended results but not talking (Shumaker, Ockene and Riekert 13).

The second step will entail undertaking massive action. Since I have greater ideas on how to go through this, I will implement them for the purposes of accomplishing much. Taking action will enable me achieve my goal and desire the stoppage from smoking.

The third step will entail listening. Despite the fact that I have knowledge of the effects as well as the way forward for getting away from the smoking habit, I will try to learn as well as listening to some advice from other people. I will take the best ones that seem to deserve me most.

The fourth step will entail focusing. While working on my goal of stopping the smoking habit, I will focus on one goal at a time so that I move to the next goal after accomplishing the previous one. For each objective realized, I will reward myself.

The final step will entail getting persistent to stop smoking so that I can improve my health.  I will keep on doing the necessary till I become successful. For this, I will be able to achieve my goals and everything I desire.

In the video, we learn that stress can have both positive and adverse effects on human health.  Stress is viewed to be negative when an individual is faced with continuous and sequential challenges with the absence of relief and as well as relaxation between the experienced challenges. Constant stress has the capability of resulting to distress that in turn leads to headaches; stomach upset and heightened levels of blood pressure (Zautra 21). Other health problems include chest pain and sleeping problems as well as triggering and worsening some symptoms and diseases.

GABA refers to a neurotransmitter substance that naturally occurs in the brain. It gets agonized or rather activated by the produced calming effects of alcohol consumption on others such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates among others. This particular inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA, plays a significant role of slowing and reducing the rate at which brain activities are taking place. For the purposes of activating GABA, alcohol and barbiturates perform their function in reducing the rate of brain functioning hence slowing down and calming the human body.

In this case, sedative medications are used to manage stress by use of CNS depressant. The use of CNS depressants lead to relaxation, reduce anxiety and tension among the brain cell and alongside the spinal cord (Parker 16). It reduces the increased breathing and sleepiness hence brings the human body to normal functioning,

Works Cited

Parker, Henry. Stress Management. Chandni Chowk, Delhi: Global Media, 2007. Print.

Shumaker, Sally A, Judith K Ockene, and Kristin A Riekert. The Handbook Of Health Behavior Change. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2009. Print.

Zautra, Alex. Emotions, Stress, And Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Print.