STRESS SURVEY • How Well Do You Resist Stress? • Let’s find out!
What do you think? • The same event may be stressful for one person and not at all stressful for another person? • You cannot change the way you react to stress? • Prolonged stress increases a person’s risk of becoming ill?
What is stress? • IT is the effect of physical and psychological demands on a person. • What are some stress management techniques? • Planning ahead • Thinking positively • Practicing relaxation responses
Kinds of Stress • Chronic stress – unrelieved stress that continues to tax a person’s resources to the point of exhaustion. • This can damage the body systems in a number of ways • Acute Stress – a temporary bout of stress that causes alertness or alarm, which prompts a person to deal with a specific event.
Kinds of Stress • Eustress: good types of stress • Distress: bad types of stress • Not everyone is the same, and their personal view of what is good stress vs bad stress could be different from your views.
Kinds of Stress • All stress is a response to a STRESOR, a physical or psychological demand that requires a person to adapt to a situation. • It is important that we adapt, to change or adjust in order to accommodate new conditions • Stress happens it is unavoidable, however, how much the stress affects you depends on your perception of that stress.
What stressors do you face? • Assignment: • Take out a sheet of paper, and write down 3 stressors that you have faced since starting high school? • What are some actions you can do to adapt to these new stressors?
Stress and Your Body • Stress affects the following body systems: • Nervous System • Hormonal System • Immune System
3 Stages of the Stress Response • Alarm – first phase of the stress response in which you recognize that you are facing a change or a challenge. • Resistance – when the body mobilizes its resources to withstand the effects of stress. • Recovery or Exhaustion – occurs when the body returns to normal; or when stress exceeds the body’s ability to recover.
Managing Stress • Physical activity • Relaxation ex: muscle relaxation, music, sports • Time management • Coping Devices ex: displacement, venting
Defense Mechanisms • Automatic, subconscious reactions to emotional injury • Denial • Fantasy • Projection • Rationalization • Regression • Selective forgetting • Withdrawal
How Can You Control the Stress you Experience from Challenges? • By changing your perception of challenges, you can reduce the stress you experience from them….. • Activity: Decision Making Plan: Ways To Cope Positively