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Stress In the Media

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Chelsea Crawford

on 27 January 2014

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Chemicals !
When we become stressed Cortisol, Adrenaline, and Norepinephrine are released into the body in order to prepare for the fight or flight response.

The fight or flight response is the body's natural reaction to a given stressor and will either amp up to fight it or run from it.

- increases heart rate, blood flow, oxygen intake
- works in parallel to adrenaline
- regulates blood glucose levels in times of stress

Symptoms of Stress
Definition of Stress
Typical Stress Portrayed in Media
Angry over dramatic outbursts
Drinking and drug use
What Happens When You Have Too Much Stress
Positive Portrayal
Stress In the Media
Negative Portrayal
Media likes to portray very over-exaggerated and grandiose solutions to stress. The result is often actions that are harmful to others, or unfeasible or inappropriate reactions to stress.
Pain of any kind
◾ Heart disease
◾ Digestive problem
Sleep problems

Webster Dictionary
: stress -noun \ˈstres\
: a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.
: something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety

By: Courtney Campbell, Mary Wright, Brandy King, Sarah Freeman, and Chelsea Crawford
: Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight response.
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Nausea, dizziness
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Frequent colds
The Different
Varieties of Stress

Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Poor judgment
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Constant worrying
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Feeling overwhelmed
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Alcohol, cigarettes, or drug use
Nervous habits
Weight problems
◾ Autoimmune diseases
◾ Skin conditions, such as eczema


You might feel it when you:
-ride a roller coaster
-try for a promotion
-go on a first date.

Eustress can keep you
feeling alive and
excited about life.
Most Realistic
Compared to both the positive and negative portrayals of stress, realistic stress is not overly violent and explosive or easily dealt with by ignoring it. Realistic stress often involves placing blame and getting angry, but typically won't go away unless dealt with and resolved.
How To Deal With Stress
"Next time I'm in sensory overload, I'm going to draw a warm bath, grab my eye mask and earplugs, and try floating away my cares"-Oprah Magazine
"There is nothing magical about working 40 or 50 or 60 hours a week. But there is something important about letting your mind out for a jog to maximize bandwidth rather than hours worked"- Scientific American Mind
"Good Stress"
Acute Stress
"Normal Stress"
Surprise without excitement

You might feel it when you:
-have a deadline changed
-learn of a large assignment
-work on a difficult problem

Acute Stress doesn't harm
you if you find ways to
relax quickly.
Chronic Stress
"Bad Stress"
Repeated stressors

You might feel it if you:
-have a stressful job
-have an unhappy home life
-have issues with debt

Chronic Stress can feel
inescapable and take a
heavy toll physically
and emotionally.

Although these different types of stress can feel different, they use the same hormones. This means that if you have a lot of Chronic Stress, a lot of Eustress (excitement) on top of that can exacerbate the problem.
Coping mechanisms can vary person to person, but there are some way that have been shown to provide results for stress relief:
Try and discover where the stress is coming from
Learn when to say no
Listening to music
Making a list and crossing off tasks
Journaling/Talking to someone
Meditation or Yoga
Realize what you have control over
Work on managing your time
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