Stress Distress vs. Eustress
What is Stress? • Your body’s physical response to changes that go on around you.
The 2 Types of Stress Distress Stress that is negative and can cause illnesses Causes feelings such as anxiety, fear, sadness, depression.
Examples of Distress: • A death in the family • Divorce • Failing a test • Moving to a new home/school • Giving a speech
Eustress Positive stress, stress that can help you reach your peak potential. Causes feelings such as excitement, joy, happiness
Examplesof Eustress: • Graduation • Going on a roller coaster • Making a team at school • Getting good grades • Going on vacation
What is a stressor? Anything that causes stress. Stressors can be negative or positive.
What is a Defense Mechanism? A way that people mentally deal with stress. When people make excuses or blame others instead of admitting they are just stressed out about a situation.
Physical ways to deal with Stress: Negative: • Smoking cigarettes • Drinking alcohol • Doing drugs • Bullying • Fighting
Positive • Exercising • Take a walk • Reading • Crying • Listen to music
What is the fight-or-flight response? The way your body physically deals with stress.
Step#1 A stressor needs to occur.
Step#2 The stressor stimulates the body to release a hormone called adrenaline.
Adrenaline helps in 4 ways: • Makes you really strong • Stops you from feeling pain • Helps you think clearly • Helps erase traumatic memories
Step#3 The body releases glycogen, the body’s form of stored sugar. Glycogen gives the body a back-up supply of energy.
Many physical changes occur…. • Sweating increases • Breathing increases • Blood to heart, lungs, muscles and brain increase
Immune and digestive system slow down because less blood is sent to these parts of the body.
What 3 substances give us energy during fight-or-flight response? • Adrenaline • Glycogen • Oxygen
Long-term stress can lead to…. • Heart Attack • High Blood Pressure • Stroke • Ulcer • Depression • Suicide
Warning Signs of Suicide…. • Talking about it • Being depressed • Giving away prized possessions • Dropping usual activities • Stop talking to friends/family • Not taking care of one’s self