Coping With Stress

Lilliana, Kazdon, Adam, Joe, Braden

What is stress?


    Stress is your body's method of reacting to a challenge; it's a state of mental or emotional strain or tension.

Physical and mental causes of stress

Physical causes:

-Major life changes

-Children and family

-Being too busy

-Work or school

-Relationship difficulties

-Financial problems


Mental causes:

-Chronic worry

-Pessimism

-Negative self talk

-Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility

-All-or-nothing attitude

-Unrealistic expectations, perfectionism

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What are some ways to reduce stress?

To effectively combat and cope with stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood.


Here are a few other types of coping skills just in case:

-Do schoolwork

-Write (poetry, stories, journal)

-Sing

-Punch a punching bag

-Clean something

-Read a good book

-Listen to music

-Go somewhere very public (surround yourself with people)

-Talk to someone close to you

Quotation

"If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days." ~Kris Carr

Interview with Joe

Question #1:


What was the stressful situation?


Response: "I got into a car accident that resulted in my uncle dying."


Question #2:


How did it make you feel?


Response: "Anxious, stressed, depressed, traumatized."


Question #3:


What was your reaction to the stress?


Response: "I freaked out, after the shock wore off."


Question #4:


What are some coping skills that could have possibly been beneficial to you during that time that you could implement in your future?


Response: "Deep breathing, surrounding myself with supportive people afterwards."