The Stages of Stress

By KT, Marla, Ashley, & Oscar

What Is Stress?

Stress is a feeling that's created when we react to particular events. It's the body's way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness.


The Three Stages of Stress

ALARM: This is the first stage of stress. Basically, here your mind & body go on high alert. It's usually defending itself or fleeing from a potential threat.


RESISTANCE: In the second stage, if exposure to stress continues, resistance begins. Your body begins to adapt & react, & you may even preform at a higher level & with more endurance for a brief period of time.

FATIGUE: The third stage of stress is fatigue. If exposure to stress continues, your body will slowly lose it's ability to adapt. You will begin to tire & lose the ability to manage other stressors effectively.

Hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a small amount of nuclei. It is connected to stress by the reactions in the brain sending signals.


  1. Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.


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2. The source of stress changes as we get older, the survey shows. Among 13-17 year olds, school is by far the most commonly mentioned source.


3. Among 18-24 year olds, it’s jobs and financial matters. In all, fully 85 percent of young people said they felt stress at least sometimes.


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4. Stress is part of life, and it affects everyone at one time or another.