What is Stress? Stress is the body’s response to change. It is a normal reaction to certain situations or events in your life.
Stress Not all Stress is bad: Positive Stress It can motivate you to do your best. It can get you ready for a big game. It can make you more alert and improve your concentration.
Causes of Stress: Anything that causes stress is called a Stressor. Common Stressors:
How the body responds to Stress Fight –or– Flight Response: The process by which the body prepares to deal with a stressor. * Fighting or fleeing is the body’s natural response to threats or harm. * Adrenaline is released. Adrenaline is a hormone that gives the body extra energy.
Excess Stress will affect: Physical Health Headaches Digestive problems High blood pressure Mental and Emotional Health Make you feel anxious Make you feel moody It can interfere with your schoolwork Social Health Some will yell at those around them Other will withdraw, or back off, from social contacts.
Skills for stress management: Relaxation Helps to slow down your heart rate. Laughter Laughter redirects negative energy Physical Activity When you are active, your brain releases chemicals that positively affect your mood. Time Management Strategies for using time efficiently
Coping With Loss: Loss An unavoidable part of life Team loses a game Losing an object that is important to you Losing someone who is close to you Grief: The sorrow caused by the loss of a loved one
Coping With Loss: Grief reaction: The process of dealing with strong feelings following any loss. Usually occurs in stages: 1. Shock People feel numb The full emotional impact has not yet set in. 2. Anger Anger towards family members / friends. 3. Yearning You begin to appreciate the scope or size if the loss You feel like you have a ‘big emotional hole’ 4. Depression The reality of the loss sets in. You begin to acknowledge that the loss is permanent. 5. Acceptance You feel ready to move on with your life
Coping With Grief: Coping Strategies: Ways of dealing with the sense of loss people feel at the death of someone. Confronting your feelings head on Talk about your feelings with others Helping others who are grieving: Let the person decide how you can be a source of comfort Respect the person’s feelings Allow the person to decide how much time they need to recover.