12 | Stress

Today you will learn 5 new English words related to "Stress "


“Stress” is a significant topic for you as an ESL learner to study and understand because the language learning process itself can be a source of stress. ESL learners often face challenges in adapting to a new linguistic and cultural environment, leading to feelings of frustration and anxiety. Today’s vocabulary words will help you better understand and engage in deeper conversations about “stress”. Let’s jump right in!


1 | Anxiety

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about an imminent event or uncertain outcome.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The upcoming exam caused her a great deal of anxiety.

    2. Social anxiety can make it challenging to engage in group activities.

    3. Deep-breathing exercises are helpful in managing feelings of anxiety.

2 | Tension

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: Mental or emotional strain resulting from difficult or challenging situations.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The tension in the room was palpable as the deadline approached.

    2. Long work hours can contribute to heightened tension and stress.

    3. A brisk walk can help alleviate tension and promote relaxation.

3 | Overwhelmed

  • Part of speech: Adjective

  • Definition: Burdened with an excessive amount of tasks, responsibilities, or emotions.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. She felt overwhelmed by the demands of her job and personal life.

    2. Students may become overwhelmed during exam periods.

    3. Breaking tasks into smaller steps can prevent feeling overwhelmed.

4 | Burnout

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: Physical or mental exhaustion typically caused by prolonged stress or overwork.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Constant pressure at work can lead to burnout if not managed properly.

    2. Taking regular breaks is essential to prevent burnout.

    3. Recognizing the signs of burnout early allows for effective intervention.

5 | Rumination

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: Excessive and repetitive thinking about distressing situations or problems.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Rumination on past mistakes can contribute to anxiety.

    2. Breaking the cycle of rumination requires conscious effort.

    3. Mindfulness techniques can help redirect thoughts away from rumination.


In the fast-paced modern world, stress has become a prevalent aspect of our daily lives, affecting individuals on various levels. The constant demands of work, coupled with personal responsibilities, often contribute to heightened anxiety and tension. Many find themselves overwhelmed by the relentless pressure, juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities, leading to a sense of being overburdened. Prolonged exposure to such stressors can eventually result in burnout, a state of physical and mental exhaustion. Amidst the chaos, rumination takes hold, with individuals dwelling on perceived shortcomings or worrying about future challenges. It's important for us to notice when we are stressed, use helpful ways to cope, and build strength to handle life's challenges without getting overwhelmed.

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