I. Writing a ‘How to cope with Stress Essay.’
In your introductory paragraph, begin by defining the term stress and establishing a thesis statement. For example, “Stress is defined as a psychological demand placed on one’s body when one must cope, adjust or adapt to situations. The term stress is a term many individuals can relate to, either through work, traffic, or school. Ultimately, if not properly managed, stress can in some extreme cases end in death. Stress is managed in numerous ways. If not managed properly, its results are negative. Therefore the manner in which stress is dealt with contributes significantly to its eradication.” As seen in the above example, define the term stress; then establish your thesis statement from which your essay’s body paragraphs will expound on.
In your essay’s first body paragraph, discuss the causes of stress – from physical (like fear of something dangerous) to emotional (like worry over employment or family). Discuss also the effects of stress on the mind and body (like how individuals under extensive stress amounts can become unwell, fatigued, and incapable of thinking clearly and concentrating.
In your essays, second body paragraph, discuss mental and physical symptoms of stress. Expound on physical and mental symptoms of short-term stress, example (fatigue, muscle spasms, headaches, and frequent bathroom visits). Also in this paragraph, discuss mental and physical symptoms of long-term stress which occurs over extended periods and is coupled with greater effects on one’s body, e.g., ‘nervous’ behavior like teeth grinding, fiddling, twitching, and heightened dependency on alcohol or food.
In your essay’s third body paragraph, discuss how one manages stress: Physical approaches. Long-term approaches should be discussed here like, excluding yourself from stressful circumstances, deep breaths, and walking; incorporating strategies that ensure you are completely stress-free.
Once you have finished composing your three body paragraphs, write your conclusion. Your conclusion imparts an impression on your reader. Additionally, your conclusion sums up in four to five sentences what your essay mainly focuses on. Your conclusion states the essay’s significance (the implications and pertinence of your findings), reiterates the thesis statement, and summarizes noteworthy points from the body paragraphs.
II. How to begin a Compare and Contrast Essay
A compare and contrast essay involves the discussion of differences and similarities between two given subjects. Step one, carefully read what has been assigned to you. Generating a good essay involves the careful reading of your assignment. This aids in making notes and pre-writing gives you a head-start when you sit to compose your essay. Step two, list down key differences and similarities in your text. Once you have gone through everything, write down how those works are different and similar to each other. Here, the notes you took in step one are advantageous. Additionally, pen down or type in your ideas even though you think they are minuscule. Step three, isolate your most significant points and convert them into your main argument. Once you are content with your list, cherry-pick points you feel are importantly different and similar. Here, you should search for things that will make your essay most compelling. Select elements, for instance, which are significant to both your works’ identity. Consider their main characters, messages of each and major themes.
Step four; compose an outline which will form your essay’s skeleton. Your outline’s intent is breaking down your essay’s flow, only noting the key points you will cover. For compare and contrast essays, your essay could cover six paragraphs. You will begin with an introduction which will establish your argument’s general idea; your argument can be “I believe the manner these texts contrast and compare these elements is significant because…” Then you will compose your essay’s body mainly four paragraphs. You can separate them into two paragraphs each (one for contrasting one for comparing). Finally, conclude your essay and sum up your arguments and restate, possibly in a new way, the importance of your argument.
Step five, once your outline is set, composing your essay simply involves backing your points with proof from works you have read. This is advantageous in that; it gets your audience to welcome your arguments. For such essays, which cover more ground compared to regular essays, you can escape without penalty with asserting one killer illustration per text on each point you make. Step six, edit. Upon completion, pass through your work and look for errors in form (spelling, bad grammar) and content (faulty arguments). Undoubtedly, your instructor will grade your completeness, and an essay is not complete if it is riddled with errors. After completing the above six steps, you will have a compare and contrast essay at hand.
III. How to Focus on Writing an Essay
As an essayist, you must continually remember a prerequisite to composing essays: Focus. The absence of focus means every chance exists for your essay to be unstructured, lacking clarity and coherence. Acquiring the needed focus to complete composing your essay can be challenging owing to many reasons. But still, it is critical; high-quality essays are composed through sustained periods of focus and concentration. Remaining focused is challenging. Distractions exist everywhere. As individuals, we have thoughts and internal doubts to manage. Additionally, individuals and places around us contribute to disturbances and chaos, making it challenging to concentrate on composing essays. Chatter also interferes with the writing process. Given all these, how can one develop and maintain focus?
Focus mainly involves centering yourself. Being centered is the main point of staying focused. Focus is established when the intention to write is present. Therefore, when you sit to write and begin preparing your mind for writing, you have already begun getting focused. At this point, the key thing is retaining the state of your initial attention, then maintaining and enhancing it to sustained levels of extended concentration. Sustained concentrations result in quality work. Sustained concentration involves the achievement of state of flow (as asserted by psychologists). This is the highest concentration level an individual can achieve. The individual is physically and mentally immersed in creative work – they are engaged fully. Thereby, one can visualize all ideas he/she wishes to incorporate their essay and produce quality work.
The state of flow requires one to be fully and entirely alert when doing the task. The feeling created by this is likened to the feeling created when an individual swims or engages in meditation or separate activities which require complete immersion of one’s mind and body. Increase focus by taking breaks after extended periods of sustained productive work. This relaxes the brain and gives it ample time to process information. A change or shift in location also aids in improving concentration and the capability of doing sustained work.