Stress SMORE

Arbin Bhuiyan Psychology 7th Period

Causes of Stress according to University of Maryland

According to a University of Maryland study, there are two types of causes of stress:

Acute (fight or flight)-

  • Noise
  • Crowding
  • Isolation
  • Hunger
  • Danger
  • Infection
  • Imagining a threat
Chronic-

  • Work Pressure
  • Long-Term relationship problems
  • Loneliness
  • Persistent financial worries

Causes of Stress according to CBS

According to this CBS news article, financial difficulties is a main cause of both physical and mental stress. For example, just thinking about financial troubles can put a toll on your mind, and in some circumstances, the things we do to alleviate those objects of stress, can present themselves as physical stress ex. skipping a meal.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger

Captain Sullenberger was the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which he landed safely after the plane was disabled by a flock of geese that flew into the engine. He is a perfect example of someone who has overcome stress because the ordeal that he pushed through is practically unthinkable to most people. Not only did he have to the stress of saving himself, he also had the stress of having to save the lives of 155 other individuals. In an interview with Air and Space magazine described that during the ordeal, him and his co-pilot "showed no panic" and resumed as "business as usual" even though they were in a very perilous situation. Although this business like attitude that they employed may not be the right comparison because he also described the setting as very tense, Captain Sullenberger had to show calmness in the face of stress in order to land that plane.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, besides being a tech-guru, was the founder and CEO of Apple, once of the best tech companies known to man. On a day to day basis, he had to deal with operating a company, keeping investors happy, and also plan the next big thing. The resiliency in the face of stress that Jobs showed is a testament tow we should try to live our life.

How to relieve Stress according to the Harvard Business Review

In this article. the Harvard Business Review lists out 9 steps to alleviate stress:


  1. Have self-compassion
  2. Remember the “Big Picture
  3. Rely on routines
  4. Take five (or ten) minutes to do something you find interesting
  5. Add "where" and "when" to your to-do list
  6. Use if-thens for positive self-talk
  7. See your work in terms of progress, not perfection
  8. Think about the progress that you've already made
  9. Know whether optimism or defensive pessimism works for you
President Obama was quoted in a Vanity Fair article in which he said that he relies on a routine to help him stay away from stress (a strategy that is exampled above)



  • "You need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day… You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make. You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia". -President Obama

Physical activity can help Stress

This journal published by the NCBI, states that physical activity can help decrease stress and help hide other mental issues. The journal states that physical activity such as strenuous exercise helps keep the mind off troubling things, thus decreasing stress. Also it decreases stress because as a result of exercise over time, our physiological response to stress is altered in a way that it doesn't deal with stress as actual stress, more on the line of as a challenge.
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