The reaction of the body and mind to everyday challenges and demands Stress
Act of becoming aware through the senses. Some people experience more stress because of the way the PERCIEVE information. “DRAMA” Perception
Negative Stress can Overwhelmed Angry Frustrated Lab Reports can cause negative stress if you procrastinate too long. Positive – Negative Positive Stress can • Motivate you • Give you extra energy • Help you reach your goals Working out is positive stress!
Anything that causes stress What are some stressors in the lives of 9th graders here at GNG? Stressor
Stressors • Biological Stressors: Illness, disability or injury • Environmental: Pollution, noise crowding • Cognitive or Thinking: Concentrating or thinking, perception of a situation • Personal Behaviour Stress: Negative reaction in the body and mind caused by tobacco, alcohol, drugs, out of shape • Life situation: Worry, fear, emotional stress caused by divorce, death and difficulty in relationships.
Fight or Flight - Alarm • Alarm: Brain perceives danger and releases hormones that cause the release of adrenaline. • Adrenaline causes • pupil dilation • increase perspiration • increase heart rate • increase blood pressure • increase respiration • increase blood flow to muscles and brain • Increase of blood sugar, fats and cholesterol
Fight or Flight Resistance • During this stage your body adapts to the rush created by alarm and react to the stressor. • You are briefly able to perform at higher levels of endurance, speed and strength.
Fight of Flight - Fatigue • When exposure to stress is prolonged, fatigue will set in. • Physical Fatigue: Tired from physical activity • Psychological Fatigue: Tired from worry, overwork, depression, boredom, isolation, feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities. • Pathological Fatigue: Tired from fighting illness.
Controlling the Effects of Stress • Engage in Physical Activity • Look for support among your friends and family • Find a hobby or activity that relaxes you • Avoid using chemicals
Just Say NO. Avoid Stress
Manage Stress • Plan Ahead: Create a flexible map to resolve time constrains and issues in advance • Sleep: Affects ability to concentrate, become a source of stress • Physical Activity: Release pent up energy, feel more relaxed • Eat Nutritious Food • Avoid TAD
Stress Management Techniques, when you are under stress. . . • Redirect your energy • Relax or laugh • Keep a positive outlook • Seek Support, sometimes just talking can help release or resolve a stressor. • Express yourself: Learn positive strategies for expressing needs, wants and feelings.