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Words to know. Stress and Health It is not the problems that can kill us but our reaction to the problems. Stress is……. > a normal physiological response of the body to situations or stimulus which are perceived as “dangerous” to the body…… or in other words…..

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stress is
Stress is……

> a normal physiological response of the body to situations or stimulus which are perceived as “dangerous” to the body……

or in other words…..


what causes stress
What causes stress?

Events that provoke stress are called :


most common teen stressors
Most common teenstressors

School, parents, relationships, disputes with friends, siblings, crammed schedules …always on the go

No time for Rest and Relaxation

what happens to your body
What happens to your body?

Some common reactions in the body are : your heart beats faster, your muscles tighten, your hands start to sweat……

Your body is getting ready to FIGHT OR FLIGHT

fight or flight response is also called
  • The nervous system is activated and hormonesreleased
  • Adrenal glandsproduce more of the hormones (chemical messengers) adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream
  • Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups
  • The liver releases some of its stored glucose for energy
  • Sweat is produced to cool the body
  • Results in the “fight or flight response
think about the last time you were scared
Think about the last time you were scared…

The mind feels the danger and the body tackles it.

Once the trigger ( stressor) is gone, hormones return to normal level and the body returns to normal.

types of stress

Eustress: positive stress

Distress: negative stress

eustress or positive stress
EUSTRESS: or positive stress
  • Motivates, focuses energy
  • Is short-term
  • Is perceived as within our coping abilities
  • Improves performance ( music, acting, athletics)
  • STOPand write down 2 examples of eustress
distress or negative stress
Distress or negative stress

Causes anxiety or concern

Can be short- or long-term

Is perceived as outside of our coping abilities

Feels unpleasant

Decreases performance

Can lead to mental and physical problems

Write down 2 examples of distress:

acute stress
ACUTE Stress

Comes immediately with a change of routine

An intense type of stress

Passes quickly

STOP and write down 2 examples of acute stress


chronic stress
Chronic Stress
  • Constant change of routine for week after week
  • Affects the body for a long period of time
  • Stop and give 2 examples of chronic stress
hyper stress and hypo stress
Hyper- stress and Hypo- stress
  • Hyper stress:
  • When an individual is pushed beyond what he or she can handle
  • Even little things can trigger a strong emotional responseHypo- stress
  • Occurs when an individual is bored or
  • unchallenged
  • Often restless and uninspired
signs of stress overload
Signs of Stress overload
      • anxiety or panic attacks
  • a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried
  • irritability and moodiness
  • physical symptoms: such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
  • allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
  • problems sleeping

Stop over scheduling

  • Talk to people who can help
  • Read and learn about stress and controlling it
  • Be realistic, don’t try to be perfect
  • Get proper sleep
  • Maintain a good nutritious diet
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Think more optimistically, attitude makes a difference
more strategies
More Strategies
  • Think of change as a challenging and normal part of life.
  • See setbacks and problems as temporary and solvable.
  • Believe that you will succeed if you keep working toward goals.
  • Take action to solve problems that crop up.
  • Build strong relationships and keep commitments to family and friends.
  • Have a support system and ask for help.
  • Participate regularly in activities for relaxation and fun
teen years
Teen Years
  • The teen years can be a very stressful time
  • Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life
  • The body's stress reaction was meant to protect you
  • Mild stress can actually be beneficial
  • Persistent stress can lead to many adverse health problems
  • Stress is difficult to measure
  • Stress is a basic part of life
  • It may build up quickly
  • It can be positive or negative
  • Sometimes it is ongoing
  • Ongoing stress is thought to be bad for health
  • Symptoms of stress can be either behavioral or physical
  • Some people may need help managing their stress