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Stress & Coping

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stephany chowsen

on 27 February 2018

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Stress & Coping
Stress can happen to anyone. It is an overwhelming experience individuals feel when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. Physical, psychological and social problems are all underlying issues related to stress. Stress is essential to life because it has the ability to provide us with more knowledge on how to be responsible and how to handle our emotions in difficult situations. The "fight or flight" response our body goes through is mostly useful, but if triggered easily and often it can become harmful to ones state of mind. We can prepare for stress by learning self-management tips and many different coping methods.
What might be an issue in someones life that would cause them to be stressed out?
How do you manage your stress?
How does stress affect you mentally?
What is stress?
Stress is the body's natural defense mechanism against predators and danger. It is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from demanding circumstances.
Being unhappy with your job
Too heavy of a workload or too much responsibility
The death of a loved one
Being insecure
Facing discrimination
Chronic illness or emotional and mental problems
How does stress affect you physically?
How do you treat others when you are stressed out?
What long-term affects can stress have on an individual?
What are the worst ways people cope with stress?
Is stress a key player in suicidal thoughts?
How can you help someone who is stressed?
What kind of stress may an adolescence face?
Early Day Stress VS Modern Day Stress?
What kind of stress do adults face?
How can schools help us cope with stress?
Find some time to relax
If someone is super stressed out they might not be taking any time out for themselves. They’ll probably benefit if they get their mind off things with a friend and do the things they like.

Ask them what they need
Figure out what might be bothering them and problem solve starting with small steps to take some pressure off.

Show them you're listening
Understanding what they're saying and express empathy towards their situation, instead of telling them to calm down
- Dating and friendships
- Always wanting to wear certain types of clothing to fit in
- Pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol
- Pressure to be a particular size or body shape. With girls, the focus is usually weight. With boys, it is usually a certain muscular or athletic body
- Dealing with the physical and cognitive changes of puberty
- Family and peer conflicts
- Being bullied or exposed to violence
- Difficult schedules, juggling school, sports, after-school activities, social life,
and family obligations
Some people may say stress is only a problem now and "life was good back in the old days". Our grandparents probably didn't have to study a lot of complicated subjects with a jam packed after-school schedule as us now. But people have always experienced stress, having longer winter of starvation, community being wiped out in war and having to get married and raise a family before twenty. Many people always faced stress.
- Balancing Work and Family Life
- Coping with Life Transitions
- Addictions
- Anger Management
- Life Stress/Stress Management
- Health Problems/Chronic Illness
- Women’s Issues
- Infertility
- Raising children
-Staying financially stable
Counselors can help students learn new ways to think about situations that bother them. They can help them cope with different stressful feelings and situations.

Teachers can be helpful when a student is confused and may need a better understanding for their homework if they're stressed.

Teens may be more comfortable talking to their peers, it can get the weight off their shoulders and they could understand the situation better, being in the same age group.
Physical Activity:
metabolizes the excessive stress hormones and restores your body to a calmer state
walking, sports, weight training, yoga
stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts stay in our head
remove any distractions from your room
avoid caffeine during the evening
taking a warm bath to relax your body
aim to go to bed roughly around the same time each day
Talk to Someone:
talking about your situation can be helpful because it can distract you from your stressful thoughts or release some of that built up tension
Manage Time:
make a list of all the things you need to get done and make sure your priorities are at the top
by editing out by what started out as overwhelming, it can be broken down to a series of smaller tasks
Low energy
Upset stomach
Aches, pains and tense muscles
Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
Frequent colds and infections
Chronic stress can lead to many mental disorders. Some can be mild like social phobias, but the severe and most common ones are depression and anxiety. In adolescents up to 30% have suffered from depression at least once and up to 50-70% suffer from anxiety, impulse control, and hyperactivity.
Individuals may feel the tendency to lash out at others due to stress. They may not be able to concentrate on the conversation or be unable to give proper responses. When stressed a person whom enjoys the company of others may not like it very much and give off a sense of discomfort.
Chronic stress can cause problems for the heart and blood vessels. It has the ability to increase heart rate and blood pressure. Stress can lead to heat disease, obesity and diabetes. It can also cause depression and other mental health issues that may cause one to become suicidal.
Substance Abuse
Ignoring the problem
Dwelling on the negative
Over eating
Over spending
Taking it out on others
Stress is the main cause of most mental heath issues, which might increase the risk for suicidal thoughts. Though stress is not the main reason for suicide it is still one of the prevailing ones.
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