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What am I?. Nobody can escape me. I am sometimes good and sometimes harmful to your health. I can be the spice of life. I can be life threatening. STRESS. What is Stress?. Stress is “a non-specific response of the body to any demand or challenge Stress is anything that…. Threatens us

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what is stress
What is Stress?
  • Stress is “a non-specific response of the body to any demand or challenge
  • Stress is anything that….
    • Threatens us
    • Prods us
    • Scares us
    • Worries us
    • Thrills us
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Stress is an inevitable aspect of life.

  • We are under stress every day.
  • Without it,
    • We wouldn’t move
    • Think
    • Get out of bed
    • Care
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EUSTRESS

  • Stress can be good when it helps us perform better

DISTRESS

  • Stress can be bad when it causes upset or makes us sick
effects of stress
EFFECTS OF STRESS

Stage 1

    • The initial alarm reaction
    • The fight or flight response

Stage 2

  • Intensification or recovery

Stage 3

  • Adaptation

Stage 4

  • Exhaustion
the alarm reaction
The Alarm Reaction

Within seconds, sometimes even before the stressor is identified, the brain’s arousal system activated the sympathetic nervous system.

  • Adrenalin and other stress hormones are released
  • Pupils dilate
  • Pulse and respiration speed up
  • Blood pressure increased
  • Sweating increases
  • Muscles tense up
  • Hair may stand on end
intensification or recovery
Intensification or Recovery

If threat is real, energy is used to actually run, hit or lift.

If there is no threat, the body returns to a more relaxed state.

adaptation
Adaptation

If the source of stress doesn’t go away, the body changes are retained. The level of stress begins to be viewed as normal.

physical symptoms
Physical Symptoms
  • Heartburn
  • Tense muscles
  • Nervouse sweat
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin problems
  • Heart palpatations
  • Frequent illness
emotions
Emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Irritablity
  • Crying
  • Preoccupied
  • Sleep disturbance
behaviours
Behaviours
  • Overeating
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased use of caffeine or smoking
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Stuttering
  • Increased use of tranquillizers
exhaustion
Exhaustion

If stress continues unrelieved for a long period of time, serious health problems result

physical symptoms1
Physical Symptoms
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis
  • Stokes
  • Exhaustion
  • Migraines
emotions1
Emotions
  • Depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Rage
  • Hysteria
behaviours1
Behaviours
  • Frequent serious accidents
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Disordered eating