Mind/Body Connection (chemicals in brain – how do we trigger their release?)
Sources of Stress
Managing Your Stress
The Challenges We Face Noise Dust Relocation Parking availability Classroom access Construction delays Allergies Detours Safety hazards Stressed students, faculty and staff Aesthetics Closed off areas
When did we start talking about stress? Rene Descartes Chinese medicine men Hippocrates Galen Robert Koch Rudolph Virchow Hans Selye
So, what is stress? Write down 10 things that “stress you out” This is your first class assignment to be collected
Your list of things that “stress you out” are actually STRESSORS Stressors can be external or internal to your body
The collective physiological and emotional responses to any stimulus that disturbs an individual’s homeostasis.
In other words – stress is “your thing”. You are in control of your body and your actions or reactions. Your perception of the world around you and the world inside of you can help you deal with life pleasantly and effectively or in a bitter, cynical, ineffective manner.
How does your body respond to stress? Think of a stressful event that happened this week – write down 3 things you felt
Stressors give you the feeling like you just had a shot of espresso
Your body responds to the world around you and inside of you Stimulus/Response Your response keeps you alive Your 5 senses = touch, taste, hear, see, feel respond to your world However, excessive stimulus/response can create overload and long-term health problems Especially when your response does not match the stimulus (i.e. could of, would of, should of, what if)
The body is actively trying to reverse the actions that transpired during the alarm phase. During the resistance phase the body is under the control of the parasympathetic nervous system.
The body’s vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, spleen function, vision, bladder function, glucose level, saliva and mucous, endorphins and hearing return to normal functioning. Remember – the body is trying to reach Homeostasis as a defense mechanism. The body wants to survive!