What is stress? • Physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension • a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism
What causes you stress? • Tests • Assignments • Busy schedule • Family issues
What effect does stress have on you? • May become irritable • May have physical symptoms (headache, perspiration, fatigue, upset tummy, etc.) • Difficulty concentrating
How can you manage stress? • Prepare yourself to cope with stress that can’t be avoided. • Manage your time by using a calendar, schedule, or timeline for completing tasks. • Prioritize tasks; do first things first. • Break larger tasks into smaller ones so they are more manageable.
Minimizing stress The best way to keep stress at a minimum is to be prepared! Come to class prepared, use your time wisely, don’t let due dates sneak up on you, and be sure to study when you need to.
What is anxiety? a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension May be defined as an unreasonable fear May escalate to the point of debilitation
Symptoms of anxiety • Feeling of dread • Heart palpitations • Sweating/perspiration • Racing thoughts • Feelings of nausea
How do I deal with feelings of anxiety? • Identify triggers for these feelings • Prepare for upcoming tests and assignments by taking notes, studying, and managing time wisely • Speak with teachers or trusted adult about your concerns