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Cause and Relief

Melissa Dane

on 24 June 2013

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Stress Cycle

Types of Stress
Healthy Stress Relief
Impacts of stress
can be a good motivator
good for deadlines, assignments, projects
can stimulate a need for accomplishment
body naturally releases adrenaline under stress
Good Stress:
will reduce stress and anxiety
promotes a healthy lifestyle which balance hormonal levels, priming the body for optimal stress control.
releases tension in the body by producing endorphins which relax muscles and promote mental health

Go Outside
Research has been conducted that proves people who spend more time outside have better relationships and lower stress levels.
the result of short-lived stressors
passes quickly with no lasting effects
Relaxation Response:
stress hormones return to normal after acute stressor has passed
Causes of Acute Stress
•High technology effects
•Imagined threat/memory of dangerous event
Chronic Stress:
can cause long-term physical and psychological damage
persistent over time
can exacerbate existing conditions
Common Stress Reactions
Lack of Sleep
Emotional Numbness
"Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it."
- Jack Wagner
"It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it."
- Hans Selye
women report higher levels of stress
men less likely to have good relationships under stress
both men and women report sleep loss
physically and mentally worse for men
female brain more apt to cope with stress
as you get older, stress reduces
effects ages differently
Episodic Acute

People who suffer from acute stress frequently.

Reactionary responses tend to be:
over aroused
short tempered
"You don't know what people are like until they are under a lot of stress."
- Tim Allen
boosts mood and improves immune system.
do every day activities, like reading or working, outside or choose from a variety of outdoor activities.
Outdoor Activities
Roller Skating
Reaction to Stress
Wear on Body
and Organ Systems

Reduced Health

Increased Sensitivity to Stress
lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure
reduces anxiety and muscle tension
allows for better and longer sleep
Stress Videos:
allows for personal time
distracts consciousness from conflict
stimulates production of 'happy hormones' within the brain
Happy Hormones
lowers resting heart rate
reduces breathing rate and teaches control of all bodily function
reduces severity of stress response
reduce the likelihood of emotionally or physically "burning out"
promotes overall health, strengthening the body's capacity to handle stressful situations
strengthens both romantic and platonic bonds with others
Benzodiazepines: anti-anxiety drugs, include: diazepam (Valium), lorazeoam (Ativan), and alprazolam (Xanax).
Antidepressants: reduce stress reactions and depression, include: sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), and fluoxetine (Prozac).
Sexual Intimacy
reduces cortisol levels in the body - a stress causing hormone.
strengthens relations with sexual partners
floods the brain with more 'happy hormones'
Cause and Relief
Webster's defines stress as:
a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.
Brain Mapping
Stimulation Therapy
Worker's Rights
Stress Leave
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Stress Leave is meant for workers suffering from high levels of work-induced anxiety and stress
Human Resources is responsible for helping employees get help and file for leave
In Canada, all workers are allowed certain rights including:
Defined hours and overtime pay
Minimum wage
Safe work environments
The right to refuse unsafe work or work in an unsafe environment
Right to file to extended absense due to stress or anxiety
Brain is scanned by a special helmet which creates a map of neuro-activity
Patient is put under stress to record brain activity and how it copes under each scenario
After mapping is complete, physicians will better understand how a person reacts to stress on a personal basis and medicate accordingly
Allows for more accurate diagnosis
More efficient treatment
Is still quite expensive.
Brain is stimulated by a series of micro-shocks which reduce build up of stress causing hormones
helps people suffering from chronic stress to cope with their symptoms
Low Level Light Therapy
Photobiomodulation: Light is introduced to the body which carry harmonic frequencies to the brain
Such frequencies release endorphins, enkephalins and serotonin which reduce stress
can reduce bodily pain and inflammation caused by stress and injury
Programs & Workshops
The Public Health Agency of Canada funds many workshops to help workers and citizens recognize stress and help reduce it
Health clinics, such as the Porcupine Health Unit, have an abundance of literature to educate people on stress
Family doctors may recommend their patients to stress camps or "spas" which help them understand their stress (and some are federally funded)
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