Stress. What is Stress anyway? Stress- The body’s and mind’s reaction to everyday demands or threats. Stressor- Anything that causes the stress response.
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What is Stress anyway? Stress- The body’s and mind’s reaction to everyday demands or threats. Stressor- Anything that causes the stress response Distress- Negative stress Eustress- Positive stress
Fight or Flight mode We react quickly, usually without thinking and either fight or flee the scene to SURVIVE !
What happens when you're stressed? Adrenaline- “emergency” hormone secreted by the adrenal glands to prepare the body to respond to a stressor. (fight or flight mode) - Think of it as a survival mechanism - Physical effects? Think of a situation in which you felt scared/threatened...what happened? - heart beat and breathing faster - pupils dilate to see better - increased strength and speed as blood goes to muscles and brain -decreased digestion (thank goodness) -Increased stomach acid -Decreased sensation to pain
Stress test Take this mini stress test to get a good indicator of your current stress level. We’ll learn how to cope in healthy ways at the end of this lesson
What's your personality type? Type A Personality – Competitive, need to succeed, focused on time, organized, loves schedules, impatient, may walk and talk fast - most likely to develop stress related illnesses. Type B Personality- A “laid back,” noncompetitive, not concerned about time, does not like schedules, patient, may walk and talk slowly - less likely to suffer from illnesses related to stress.
What’s your type? Each time you agree with one of the statements, put a tally mark in your notes: 1.I become angry or aggravated if I have to stand in line for more than 10 minutes 2.I enjoy doing more than one thing at a time 3.I try very hard to “win” at ANYTHING 4.I feel guilty if I am doing nothing 5.I hate to lose at anything and I actually become angry if I do 6.I speak, eat, and move quickly 7.I interrupt people who talk slowly to speed up the conversation 8.I rarely, if ever, procrastinate 9.I have a strong need to be successful at everything 10.I set deadlines, “to do lists” and schedules for myself
Results The more tally marks on your paper, the more likely you are……………… TYPE A The fewer tally marks, the more likely you are…………….. TYPE B *It is important to know our type and know how to work to relax, reduce unnecessary stress, be successful in life!
Stress Related Illnesses Stomach aches Insomnia Headaches Constipation/diarrhea High blood pressure Anxiety / Depression / panic attacks Memory problems Acne Back pain / tight muscles Shortness of breath Greater risk of getting colds/flu Urinary tract infections (UTIs) Changes in sexual desire and performance Seriously: Stress can effect EVERY body system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously: Stress can effect EVERY body system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Key Point: You can actually avoid stress-related illnesses by coping with stress in a healthy way ! It’s important to know how to cope with stress!
More Stress Reduction Tips 1.Remember, we CHOOSE our attitudes! 2.Learn and practice time management skills 3.Avoid demanding too much of yourself (ask for help!) 4.Make “to do” lists 5.Make time to relax 6.Remember it is ok to CRY 7. Avoid prolonged sitting!
Things that do NOT reduce stress Caffeine (energy drinks, coffee, soda, chocolate, tea) Alcohol Marijuana Nicotine (cigarettes, chew) Sugary “comfort” foods TOO MUCH relaxing (tv, video games, internet, naps) can lead to procrastination and time pressures!
Conclusion You get to choose how to handle stress You get to choose how to handle stress – There are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with stress The choice is yours! Choose wisely because the effects of stress do add up over time! The choice is yours! Choose wisely because the effects of stress do add up over time!