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Transcript of Stress
By Huy and Rylie
What is Stress?
Symptoms and Signs
There are many causes of stress. For example, if you have
emotional problems such as low self-esteem, guilt or anger. Family
members can also cause stress, if they annoy you like many siblings do.
In a survey by Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 55% of teens said school is the
most stressful thing in their lives. High expectations, fear of failure , tests,
homework and projects are all things that cause stress in teens. This project itself was stressing because of the deadline. Most stressors happen because of change, like moving to a new home or school.
Table Of Contents
1. What is stress?
3. Symptoms and signs
4. How to cope with stress
5. How to reduce stress
6. Post traumatic stress disorder
77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms.
Every 28 seconds somebody in North America feels stressed.
Almost 1/5 of kids in high schools in canada are stressed every day.
1 in 5 employees have stress issues.
500,000 Canadian workers are absent from work each day because of stress issues.
People who live with a more stressful life have a 50% higher chance at dying.
Eating more or less
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Nervous habits, like nail biting
Diarrhea or constipation
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Inability to concentrate
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that could develop after a person sees or takes part in a traumatic event. They may be diagnosed when a group of symptoms such as flashbacks, avoidance of memories of the event, and hyper arousal (high levels of anxiety) continue for more than a month after the traumatic event.
People that might be at risk include soldiers, victims of natural disasters, concentration camp survivors and victims of violent crimes. People sometimes feel "survivor's guilt" for remaining alive while others died. Police, firefighters and paramedics could also be at risk for PTSD.
How to Cope with Stress
Stress is a living thing's response to a threat or some other
change. This change, or stressor, can be internal (like an illness), or
external (like an attack). A living thing's stress response can be physical,
mental, or emotional. The body responds with something called Fight or Flight
response (FOF). It prepares the body to fight or to run away. Stress may also lead
to adaptations, which allow certain organisms to better cope with the stressors.
Stress happens every day, and it is part of every living thing's normal life.
However, having too much stress can cause many different medical
problems. Stress plays a part in some physical problems, like
heart disease. Stress also plays a part in many mental
illnesses, like anxiety and Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Eustress (Good Stress)
A form of stress that is good is any stressor that you feel good about, like a friendly challenge. Exercise or riding a roller coaster are also some examples of good stress.
How to Reduce Stress
It has been proven that chewing gum reduces stress, but chewing sugar-free can do more than just freshen your breath. Gum has many other positive effects, like:
It can decrease your anxiety
It improves focus and memory
It helps control your appetite
It kills bacteria and improves oral health
It reduces nicotine cravings
Take some time to calm down, find out what stresses you out and do something about it. Eliminate the things you don't have to do. Manage your time and make sure you include free time for friends, to exercise or to listen to music. You should cope with stress in healthy ways and set reasonable standards.
Just like coping, you should slow down your life. Don't rush through things. Meditation, exercise and music all reduce stress. Talk to friends about your stress, or watch a comedy. Basically, your trying to have fun.