So what is stress? Stress is the body and mind’s response to a demand, which is caused by a stressor. A stressor can be anything from a test to being sick.
Everyone needs a textbook. Turn to page 79 and we are going to do the Life changes stress table. Look at the table and see which scenarios apply to you and add up your score. If your score is less than 100 your life has changed little. Between 100-200, your life has changed moderately. Over 200 your life has changed significantly.
Epinephrine is a hormone formerly called adrenaline. Your breathing speeds up, which helps get more oxygen throughout your body. Your heart beats faster, which increases the flow of blood to carry more oxygen to your muscles. Your muscles tense up, which prepares you to move quickly. The pupils of your eyes get wider, which allows extra light for more sensitive vision. Your digestion slows down, because digestion is an unnecessary activity during an emergency. Blood sugar increases to provide more fuel for fighting or running.Be optimistic about stress. Concentrate on what you can control.
The book recommends 9 hours of sleep a night.
Why do we need more oxygen? More oxygen helps the muscles and organs function more efficiently. Start by tensing the muscles in your shoulders, now relax them. You can do that with all the muscle groups in your body until you are more relaxed
Examples of Loss: death of a loved one, divorce of parent’s, death of a pet, breakup with girlfriend/boyfriend, or moving away from your home. You could develop tension headaches, or you may just be irritable.
Allowing yourself to grieve is very important because grieving helps you heal from the pain of a loss. Not everyone goes through the stages in the same order, and some people don’t even experience all of the stages.Denial: this can’t be happening to me!Anger: Why me? This isn’t fairBargaining: I’d do anything to have them backDepression: There is no hope. I just want to be aloneAcceptance: Its going to be OK
Wake is like what we may call a visitation. This can help family and friends accept the death. Also it gives them opportunity to come together to comfort each other emotionally.Cremate is to burn the body into ashes. Funerals are used to honor the family member and pay tribute to them.Memorial services are like wakes but can occur a long time after the death. Vietnam war memorial
Why should a person not be afraid to show emotion, such as crying, when faced with a loss?
Stop and think about the consequences before you actDon’t use permanent solutions to solve temporary problemsTalk to a friend or trusted adult
• How do you define stress? Give 3 examples of stress in your lifeBell Ringer
• Stress: body and mind’s response to a demand• Stressor: anything that puts a demand on the mind or bodyWhat is Stress?
• Environmental Stressors are things in your physical environment. Ex: pollution, crowding, loud noise, natural disasters• Biological Stressors are things that are hard on your body to participate in activities. Ex: having an illness, disability, or injury• Thinking Stressors are mental challenges. Ex: taking a testStressors
• Behavioral Stressors are unhealthy behaviors. Ex: not getting enough sleep, drugs, alcohol.• Life Change Stressors are major changes whether negative or positive. Ex: marriage, death of a loved one.Stressors
• Fight-or-Flight: Your body releases epinephrine to prepare your body for quick action• Positive Stress is called eustress. It makes you feel alert.• Negative stress is called distress. It makes you feel nervous or distracted.Response to Stress
• General Adaptation Syndrome• Alarm Stage: Headaches, Trouble sleeping• Resistance Stage: Your body becomes more resistant to disease and injury• Exhaustion Stage: Organs like your heart can suffer and your immune system shuts down.Long Term Stress
• Exercise Regularly• Get Enough Sleep• Eat RightDealing with Stress
• Taking deep breaths brings more oxygen to the body.• Muscle Tension• What are some other things you can do to relax?Relaxing
• Resiliency: the ability to recover from illness, hardship, and other stressors.• Asset: a skill or resource that can help you reach a goal• Resilient people build strong support systems by asking for help.Resiliency
• Prioritize your goals• Learn to say No• Keep a schedule• Don’t overload yourself• Plan for fun activitiesTime Management
• What are some ways to prevent stress? What are some ways to help relieve stress?Bell Ringer
• Loss can cause stress.• Use the tension relieving activities we talked about on MondayCoping With Loss
• Grieve: to express deep sadness because of loss• Stages of Grief: • Denial • Anger • Bargaining • Depression • AcceptanceGrieving Process
• Wake: ceremony that is held to allow family and friends to view or watch over the deceased person before the funeral• Funeral: ceremony in which a deceased person is buried or cremated• Memorial Service: ceremony to remember the deceased person
• Get rest and relax, but stick to routines• Share memories and thoughts about the deceased• Express feelings by crying or writing in a journal• Do not place blame, it only avoids the truth about the lossHelp for dealing with loss
• Show your support by helping with small errands• Let them know you are there for them• Encourage them by telling them they are strong• If person seems depressed and is avoiding friends and family members, tell a trusted adultHelp for dealing with loss
• Suicide: act of intentionally taking one’s own life• Most people who consider suicide only do so for a brief period in their life• Most people who attempt and fail are grateful to be alive• Suicide does not happen without warning• Drugs and Alcohol can impair judgment and put people at risk to act on suicidal thoughtsSuicide
• Impulsive• Focused on today• Highly EmotionalTeens often feel…
• Feeling hopeless• Withdrawing from family and friends• Neglecting basic needs• Experiencing loss of energy• Taking more risks• Using alcohol and drugs• Giving away personal thingsWarning Signs
• Take talk of suicide seriously• Tell your friends suicide is not the answer• Change negative thoughts into positive thoughts• Don’t keep a secret if your friend is thinking of suicideGiving/Getting Help