Shelby Fox & Ally Himes

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding cirumstances.

Physical causes can be pain, violent accident or car crash, witnessing something tragic, injuries.

Mental causes can be meeting expectations, death of a loved one, not finding joy in what you do, low self esteem.

Effects of stress on the body:

*weight fluctuations

*low energy


*lowered immune system efficiency


To relieve stress you:

*identify your stressors.

*set limits.

*be active.

*include other people.

*become an optimist.

*accept the things you can't change.

*adapt to the stressor.

Acute Stress VS Chronic Stress:

Acute stress is stress resulting from specific events or situations. Ex: giving a speech in front of people, or almost getting into a car accident. Another example would be giving presentations in psychology all the time.

Chronic stress is stress resulting from continuous exposure to situations that lead to the release of stress hormones. This kind of stress can cause wear and tear on your mind and body.

During stressful/ life or death situations, the body has its own way of dealing with stress. Adrenaline plays a big part in this. Sometimes you pass out to reduce panic factors. But adrenaline can also be a bad thing; it can make you shake and jumble your brain, which wouldn't be good for things like doing presentations.

Aron Ralston

His Story

On April 26,2013 Ralston was hiking through Blue John Canyon in Wayne County, Utah. While he was descending a slot canyon, a supsended boulder, which he dislodged while climbing down the canyon, crushed his right hand against the canyon wall. Ralston couldn't call out for help because he didn't tell anyone where he was going; he was all alone. The boulder, weighing 800 pounds, was too much for Ralston to handle.

He was stuck for five days, slowly sipping 350 mL of water and slowly trying to make two burritos last.

On day three, he realized that in order to survive he'd have to amputate his own arm. On day four it finally struck him that he'd have to cut through his arm, bone and all. Although this would help him escape, he had insufficient tools.

He was forced to drink his own urine to survive. He soon carved his date of birth and presumed date of death into the canyon wall, along with his name. He then videotaped his final goodbyes to his family, thinking it would be the last time he ever saw them.

At dawn the next morning, he discovered he could break his radius and ulna using torque against his trapped arm. He then preformed the amputation with a multi-tool which included a dull two-inch knife.

After he escaped the canyon, he was later found by a family vacationing from the Netherlands. They aided him with food and water and alerted authorities.

This would be an example of stress because he wasn't sure if he was going to make it out of the canyon alive or not.

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