2 StressA physical, social, or mental event or condition that requires us to cope with a given situation.Stressor: the “thing” that caused the reaction.
3 Eustress vs DistressEustress – positive stressors that allows for personal growth and satisfactionGetting marriedStarting schoolBeginning a jobMaking new friendsLearning a new skill
4 Eustress vs DistressDistress – negative stress that is caused by events that cause stress and strainFinancial problemsDeath of a loved oneAcademic difficultiesBreakup of a relationship
5 Response to Stress Fight-or-Flight when our bodies go on the alert to either fight or escapeA sudden burst of energy and strengthThe heart speeds up, breathing increases, blood pressure elevates, sugar is released into the blood.
6 Stress and Your Health Greater risk for heart disease Can decrease immunity to diseaseCan cause negative mental reactions
7 Stress Reducers Assess stressors Change reactions to stress Learn to copeExerciseRelaxEat HealthyManage timeReduce stresses
8 Other Techniques Hypnosis – focus on one thought, object, or voice Massage TherapyMeditation – focus on deep breathingBiofeedback – monitoring of physical responses to stressSupport Groups