All About Stress

Raising Awareness For Mental Health

What Is Stress?

Stress is a feeling that is created when we react to certain events. It's the body's way of preparing itself to deal with a tough situation.

Types Of Stress

There are two kinds of stress: Eustress is short term and Distress is long term. Some stress is good for you, but Distress wears down the body's systems and can lead to you getting sick.

Stress can lead to both physical and mental responses.

Physical symptoms are things like: faster breathing or heart rate, high blood pressure, sweating, aches, stiffness, weight loss or gain, inability to sleep, constant fatigue, cold hands and feet, and skin problems, in addition to much more.

Emotional symptoms are things like mood changes, nightmares, panic attacks, anger, depression, restlessness, racing thoughts, crying, withdrawing, lack of concentration, and more.

When you are stressed, you may feel nervous, scared, sad, angry, or easily frustrated.

Is Stress Really So Bad?

In short, not really.

Long-term stress can be bad. It can lower your immune systems and drain you emotionally.

But some short-term stress is actually good for you. Fight-Or-Flight stress is actually what keeps you safe in tough situations, and spurs your reactions and reflexes.

What Can I Do To Relieve Stress?

There are SO many things you can do to relieve stress, some of these include:

  • running or jogging
  • going for a walk
  • yoga/working out
  • get enough sleep
  • work on time management and organization
  • have fun, take a break
  • keep healthy and take care of yourself
  • talk to someone
  • practice controlled breathing exercises

Can Someone Help Me?

Certainly! You can talk to almost anyone you trust about your stress, as most everyone has gone through something similar, and talking about it makes it an easier burden to bear.

Lauren Goertzen

A Freshman student at Buhler High, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, working with her horse(s), and hanging out outside.

To relieve stress, Lauren likes to target shoot guns and bows with her dad, go running, spend time with her horse, listen to loud music, browse Tumblr, and cook or bake.