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Chapter 7 Stress Management
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Stress Learning to live and get ahead today is nearly impossible without stress Few people seem to understand stress or know how to cope effectively A certain amount of stress is necessary for optimum health, performance, and well-being
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students Stressors in the Lives of College Students
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Key Terms Stress: The mental, emotional, and physiological response of the body to any situation that is new, threatening, frightening, or exciting Non specific response; similar response regardless of stressor Stressor: Stress-causing event; can be either internal or external, and categorized as: Environmental (living conditions, surroundings) Physiological ( lifestyle related, incl. illness and injury) Social (relationships, work, finances, academics)
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The Good Stuff Eustress: Positive stress; health and performance continue to improve even as stress increase Examples
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The Bad Stuff Distress: Negative stress; unpleasant or harmful stress under which health and performance begin to deteriorate Examples
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Stress Response Stress prepares the organism to react to the stressor (fight or flight mechanism) Some people thrive under stress, others are unable to handle it The individual’s reaction to a stress-causing agent determines whether that stress is positive (eustress) or negative (distress ) When stress levels reach mental, emotional, and physiological limits, stress becomes distress and the person no longer functions effectively
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Physiological Response to Stress: Fight-or-Flight Mechanism
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General Adaptation Syndrome A theoretical model that explains the body’s adaptation to sustained stress; includes three stages: alarm reaction, resistance, and exhaustion/recovery
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