maple leaf 2-18. Stress

1. Flight or Fight Response

Many different things happen in your body: sweat, breathing increases, muscles tighten, blood pressure increases, white blood cells decrease {= decreased resistance to illness, over time}, etc.
2. Stressors
Come from three different sources:
1. Environmental = people, job, family
2. Physical = those events in your body that require attention, such as puberty, aging, etc.
3. Mental = those thoughts which govern and control your actions
3. General Adaptation Syndrome
We go through phases:
1. Alarm phase
2. Resistance phase
3. Exhaustion phase {if stress continues too long}
4. What Stressors Affect
1. Control
2. Hope
3. Self-worth
5. Vicious Cycle


6. Example of a Burn-out Cycle


End result = fired, alcoholism, overeating, family breakdown, etc.
Characteristics of burn-out:
- emotional or physical exhaustion
- feel faced with excessive demands
- headaches and migraines
- sleeping problems
- stomach problems
- family problems increase, etc.
7. Three Ways of Coping
1. Negative coping skills:
- drugs, alcohol, abuse of food
- smoking more, etc

2. Inaction = doing nothing. Problem: stress builds up.

3. Positive coping skills:

1. Admit a problem exists
2. Identify the actual problem
3. Choose alternatives that you can control
4. Take Action
5. Get others involved in the coping process
Learn postive ways of coping with stress!!

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