LP Stress & Anger Management

Stress Management

Lesson Plan


Participants will be able to understand the reasons of stress & anger, and will decide solutions to manage situations that cause stress or anger

Total Time: 90 Minutes

Materials Required: Deck of cards(equal to number of groups formed), and 2 balls of yarn

Instructor Note: 

While working on becoming more resilient in life, our participants need to learn to deal with stress and emotions like anger. This session will help participants observe how they respond in a stressful situation. Trainer needs to make them recognise strategies for dealing with stressful situations and anger in their future.

Opening Protocol:

  • Greet the participants

  • Take attendance

  • In pairs, ask participants to share with each other how they are feeling

  • Recap the previous session by asking 1-2 participants to share with the class, what they learnt and did in the previous session

5 Minutes

Activity 1: Stress test 

  • Divide students in groups of 5

  • First, explain to students that they are going to participate in a group activity where they will be expected to perform at their best the entire time. Any failure to perform well, will mean that their entire team fails. Tell them that succeeding in this activity is necessary for their 

  • Then, explain the task. In groups, students need to build a house of cards using a deck of cards. The team that builds the tallest house will win

  • Next, tell students that no one has ever completed this task well before and that you are doubtful that they will be able to do it.

  • A few minutes into the task, start introducing some obstacles.

    • Turn on the fans in the room to blow the cards over

    • Take away cards from one group and give them to another

    • Shake a table so one group’s cards fall over

    • Go over to one group and start telling them everything that they are doing wrong.

  • End the activity after 15 minutes and ask the students to sit down.

Debrief (5 Minutes):  

  • Ask students how they felt before, during and after the activity? How did they react to the stressors?  How could they have managed stress better in this situation?

  • If participants are not able to articulate their thoughts, help them connect the dots of how you had given them doubt, pressure, obstacles before and during the activity. These inputs from the trainer worked as stressors and triggered frustration, confusion, disappointment and anger

  • Tell them that they are going to talk about stress and anger management today which will help them becoming more Resilient

20 Minutes

Concept Discussion and Reflection:


  • Ask participants to sit with their group members

  • Ask them to open their handbooks and read the definition of stress and stress management, tips for stress management and stress prevention. Give them 10 minutes to read and discuss. 

  • Use quiz questions in the handbook to check for their understanding 

Worksheet exercise

  • Ask groups to discuss and decide symptoms and reasons of stress in the people in their class. They can use 5 minutes to make notes in their handbooks and then discuss

  • Then ask each group to decide some suggestions that they would like to give to the people who are going through the stress. Group members can use handbooks to make notes

  • After 10 minutes, ask each group to come in front and share their suggestions with everyone

  • End the activity by motivating everyone to be strong and use stress prevention suggestions in their life

30 minutes

Activity 2:- Spider Web

  • Divide the class into two teams. At a time, Team A will play & team B will give instructions. Team A has to tangle the yarn web following instructions of team B in 5 minutes, and then they have to untangle the web in 5 minutes. 

  • Ensure that teams have understood the following instructions:-

  • Team A will stand in a circle with a ball of yarn. 

  • Team B will create a circle outside the circle of the playing team ensuring that there is one person standing behind each person of the playing team. 

  • The players of team A will follow the instructions of the person standing behind them

  • Team B will give instructions mentioning where they need to throw the ball of yarn now. Example- the ball is with person A at the beginning, A receives instructions to throw it to person D, A will tie the string of yarn in finger and will throw the ball to D as per the instructions of the opponent team. 

  • Team A will keep following the instructions till the time the entire ball or yarn is finished or 5 minutes time is over

  • Objective of team B will be to make the web difficult to untangle

  • Team B will try to create stressful situation for team A, but team A has to work together well to win

  • Then team A will be required to untangle their web within a duration of 5 minutes. 

  • The same is replicated by the other team. The team which untangles the ball of yarn faster is the winner.

  • Give 5 minutes to each team for planning

  • Team A plays for 10 minutes and then team B

  • Trainer will observe both the teams and share feedback at the end of the activity

25 minutes


  • Ask and encourage participants to review what they have learnt and then tell them about the errors they made and ways to manage stress and anger with the help of positive attitude

  • Speak about the application of a positive attitude in managing stress and anger in real life by sharing any anecdote from your life. And close the session by soliciting feedback from the students.

5 Minutes

Closing Protocol: 

  • Thank the participants for their time

  • Announce the next time you will be visiting them

  • Share the topic of the next session

  • Collect 1-2 most interesting activity sheets/artefacts from students and show to Nodal officer and institution head after session

  • Click pictures of the artefacts for documentation

5 Minutes

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