Keys to Mental Health 1: Stress
Feeling stressed out is a common and normal experience. We all feel stress, and this feeling extends beyond just emotions. Stress can come in many different forms:
- Physical stressors (e.g. injury, illness, fatigue, hunger, lack of shelter)
- Social stressors (e.g. arguments, rejection, embarrassment)
- Intellectual stressors (e.g. mental fatigue, lack of understanding)
- Emotional stressors (e.g. death of a close friend or family member)
- Spiritual Stressors (e.g. guilt, moral conflicts, lack of sense of purpose)
1. Increase your understanding of stress by:
- Reading the TeensHealth article on stress, and
- Browsing through the resources on MTV and the Jed Foundation's Half of Us site.
- 3 positive stressors in your life (e.g. moderate stress before a big game or competition that may enhance your performance)
- 3 negative stressors in your life (e.g. unrealistic expectations about looks, friends, school, or sports), and 3 ways that you deal with them.
3. Share your stress management strategies and - if you wish - your positive and negative stressors through the thread for this activity in Class Discussions. Be sure to select the appropriate assignment from the pulldown menu at the bottom of your submission.
4. Comment on at least one of your classmate's stress management strategies shared in the group discussion.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are concerned that the amount of stress you're feeling is unmanageable or excessive, check out the activity on anxiety disorders and think about whether these symptoms may apply to you.
- Understand that not all stress is negative
- Explore the ways that stress effects mental health
- Be able to recognize signs of stress
- Identify effective ways of dealing with stress
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Kate Gatto Discussion post: 2865 days ago