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Transcript of STRESS
Plans for the Future
What is Stress?
The term stress originated only a little more than 50 years ago. The term was created by Hans Selye in 1936. Hans Selye had observed in many different experiments that laboratory animals placed into harsh environments (blaring light, loud noise, extremes temperatures, constant frustration) all were negatively affected. They experienced stomach pains and weakening of their immune system. He later discovered that constant stress could cause these animals to develop various kinds of diseases similar to those seen in humans, such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and arthritis.
After making these observations, Hans officially defined stress as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”
Often people have troubles defining stress because people always have a different opinion on what it is.
Generally, most people today define the word stress as body's reaction to a particular event or change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Which has the capability of affecting your physical and emotional health.
Now, stress can rather energize you to meet daily challenges and motivates you to reach your goals, or it can cause anxiety and even health problems.
We have all experienced stress, but how do we specifically define it?
Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. Therefore you must protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
Not all stress is bad. In fact, it can be healthy! Stress can energize you, and can prepare you to meet challenges. Selye himself explains that stress is the salt of life, and that you have to be under stress in order to make life worth
while.But stress is meant to be temporary. Once you reach your peak of stress, your body should return to a natural state. But those who continue to push their selves begin to experience an unhealthy toll on their body, emotionally and physically. This is the unhealthy side of stress.
Stress that lasts too long, happens too often, or is too strong is “bad stress”. This is the type of stress that is harmful to your health, and doesn’t help us achieve goals and tasks.
Symptoms of Stress:
Inability to concentrate
Seeing only the negative
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Symptoms of Stress:
Long term stress, also known as chronic stress can develop health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and a weakened immune system. Long term stress can also affects a person’s mental health severely. Long term stress can cause anxiety disorders and depression.
PEAK OF STRESS
How does Stress develop?
School work issues: School is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. So many students feel like their work load is too big for them to handle. Students often feel like they can no other life, besides school.
Many families go through problems or conflicts, such as divorce and financial problems. This can take a huge toll on their children and cause them a lot of stress.
Problems with friends/peers
All people go through conflict or disagreements. Small problems going on between people can cause some stress. Severe problems people face, such as bullying,triggers not only stress but also psychological health problems such as depression, anxiety.
The media constantly advertises models with images that portray what is considered to be the "ideal body." Yet these standards of beauty are almost impossible to be reached or achieved. In fact, The average model is taller and weighs 23 % less than the average woman who is 5'4" and weighs 148 lbs. Media's use of unrealistic models sends a message to people that they must be unhealthy to be considered attractive. Many people feel like they need to compare their selves to these models. This can cause them stress and insecurities.
There are many things in our every day life that triggers stress, but these examples are the most common:
Social issues: Social life is a huge part of school, this is why many students find their selves worrying about fitting in, having friends, being judged, or being teased.
Appearance issues: Many students struggle with insecurities, and their appearance. This can cause stress among many students.
Myth 1: Stress is the same for everybody.
This is not true. Stress is different for everyone. What is stressful for one person may or may not be stressful for another. Everyone responds to stress in an entirely different way.
Myth 2: Only major symptoms of stress require attention.
Minor symptoms of stress will eventually develop into major symptoms of stress if it's not managed quickly. Think of the minor signs of stress such as headaches and feeling tired as warning flags, that show you that you need to do a better job of managing stress.
Myth 3: Stress is always bad.
Temporary Stress can energize you, and can prepare you to meet challenges.
Myth 4: Stress And Anxiety Are The Same Thing
Stress is the
body's reaction to a particular event or change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Whereas anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease.
Myth 5: Stress Is Unavoidable
You can plan your life so that stress does not overwhelm you. Making calenders, to do lists and setting priorities are good ways to avoid stress.
These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:
HEALTHY WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS:
Figure out where the stress is coming from:
Specifically pinpoint the stressors in your life. Once you've determined what is causing you stress, you're almost ready to get organized and take action.
Use calendars and 'To Do' lists. Break it down into a series of smaller, more manageable tasks spread out over a longer time frame. Manage your time well, and make sure you have breaks.
Learn to Say ‘No’:
Know your limits and stick to them. If you are piled with work, don't try taking on any more challenges. First finish what you've started, then move on.
Live a healthy lifestyle:
Eating healthy, getting a good sleep, and exercising daily, is a good way of tackling stress.
Talk to others about how you're feeling:
Just talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. Talking with people about the stress you facing releases built-up tension. Talking things through will also help you find solutions to your stress and put your problems into perspective.
UNHEALTHY WAYS OF
COPING WITH STRESS:
Drinking too much
Using pills or drugs to relax
Overeating or under eating
Extensive time in front of the TV or computer
Isolating yourself from friends, family, and activities
Sleeping too much
Taking out your stress on others
Hours in front of the TV
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress:
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress:
Feel they are living with extreme stress:
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years:
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress:
Reported lying awake at night due to stress:
Community resources :
Hello, my name is Haley.
For years I’ve always been known as the over-achiever. When it comes to grades, activities, or sports teams, I always give my all! In middle school, I never thought much of it… I just thought I was your average hard-working, competitive student or athlete. Sometimes my parents would say that I over worked myself, and that I often had too much on my plate. They told me that overworking myself could really drain me physically and emotionally… and that it could eventually lead to stress. They’d always encourage me to take breaks or to be easier on myself. Looking back, I should have known my parents knew what the best was for me, but back then I would just ignore them. I don’t know why… maybe because of my stubbornness or my competitive spirit. I guess I didn’t want to risk having lower marks due to taking breaks, or being easier on myself. So, instead of listening I continued with my over-achieving ways. In my last year of middle school, I was able to graduate with a 93% average! The highest average in my class! I was so proud of myself. But, looking back I have to admit that it was hard work. Over the grade 8 year I’d find myself suffering from minor stress symptoms. Sometimes I wouldn’t be able to sleep at nights; my mind would constantly be racing. I’d always be going through the projects that had to be done; the tests that I needed to study for… there always seemed like there was something I had to be worried about! I also found myself spending far too much time on homework and projects. Everything needed to be perfect, and if it wasn’t… well then, I wasn’t pleased with myself. But, thankfully I was able to fight through those difficult times and persevere, and it was all so worth it! After summer break I was ecstatic for high school. It was something I had been looking forward to my whole life. I was excited to impress the teachers, and to join all the clubs and sports teams I could! On the very first day of grade 9, reality hit hard! The teachers were hard to impress, and the workload was heavy. At that time last year I found myself contemplating on what was more important, sleep… or my grades. I chose grades. I wanted to make a good impression at the start of the year, even if it meant sacrificing my sleep! After making my decision I realized I dug myself into an even deeper hole. Every day I fought to stay awake in class, and I never was able to focus in on the lessons. It was almost like the teacher was speaking a whole other language. All I could think of during the lesson is how tired I was feeling. I always so desperately wanted sleep. I also found myself beginning to lose my temper, with my friends and my family. I even got to the point where I lost my one friend because we were constantly getting into fights due to me always losing my cool. All throughout my grade nine year, I’ve seen myself change into a person I don’t like. I’m so emotional; randomly I’ll break down crying. I’m very jittery…my mind is constantly racing. I’m very moody as well and I become more irritated with people faster. I’ve also become very physically drained. I need to go through all of this just so I can get good marks, have teachers like me and feel self-worth. Now, as I’m moving onto exams and I’ve never been so stressed in my whole life. My stress has been building up over this year and it’s become so severe that I just feel like giving up! I have even got to the point where I’ve become depressed. I’ve battled with stress all this year and it has got the better of me. Please help before it becomes a bigger problem than it already is.
Stress Management and High Performance Clinic
Box 7323 UC, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Phone : 519 824-4120
All programs and services are open to adults in the community.
Thousands of people, including University of Guelph students, , staff, and interested guelph citizens... have participated in Clinic programs since 1979.
Mr. (Bill) Bulmer – Child and youth worker/counsellor
Available all day every day, Wednesday he is only available in the morning.
Lori Lutes – Social worker
Available Monday 8:15AM-12:00PM
Nicole Morrison – Social worker
Available Tuesday, Friday, all day.
Available Thursday afternoon only.
Trellis Mental Health and Development Services
Walk-in Sevrvice for Children, Youth and their Families-485 Silvercreek Pkwy N-No appoinment necessary-Tuesdays 1:30pm-5:30pm, 519-836-4991
Response to Teen Letter
First off, let me start by telling you that you are not the only one who feels this way. School is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. So many students are constantly dealing with stress, and feel like their workload is far too big for them to handle. Now, I’ve come across students who try hiding their stress, and refuse to get any help. But, you have done the right thing by reaching out for help and support!
First of all, I would express how you’re feeling to your parents. Your parents were once teenagers too and know how it feels to be constantly under stress and pressure! Talking with them about the stress you facing releases built-up tension.. Not only will you relieve your stress and frustration, but you can learn a lot from your parents! The sooner you realize that, the better. You’d be very surprised with the amount of knowledge your parents have on stress. Your parents could help you find solutions and ways to minimize your stress and put your problems into perspective.
Secondly, I would ask your teachers if there is any way you could get extra help. Instead of committing your lunch time to your friends, you could ask to come in during break to review the lesson you learned in class and clarify anything you misunderstood in the lesson. Reviewing what you learned in class will make homework easier, since you have a better understanding on the subject, and improve your grades!
Also, you must change things in your lifestyle that is causing you to stress. You mentioned how you were a hard working, competitive student. I think it is great that school is important to you. But, keep in mind that overworking yourself causes your general performance to go down. Overworking yourself will just leave you feeling drained out physically and emotionally, for the next day of school.
Next, be organized. Use calendars and 'To Do' lists. Break down your homework and assignments into a series of smaller, more manageable tasks spread out over a longer time frame. Manage your time well, and make sure you have breaks.
Lastly, live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy, getting a good sleep, and exercising daily, is a good effective way of tackling your stress.