Let me offer you this example: Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you feel stress, your body responds as though you are in danger, your heart rate goes up, you breathe faster and you even get a burst of energy. This is what we call the fight or flight response.
Some stress can be normal and effective. For example, when you can get that adrenaline rush if you need to work hard or react quickly, like if you need to get an important job done on time or if you are running a race.
Stress can also have adverse effects if it lasts too long or happens to often. Stress can cause headaches, back aches, or upset stomach. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to overcome an illness. It can make you moody, irritable tense or depressed.

What are some causes of stress?

-any type of change/ transition (new school, new job, new home)
-relationship problems
-job satisfaction
-financial strain
-parenting differences

How do you reduce stress?

You may never be able to get rid of stress, but there are ways you can lower stress in your life. What are some things that you do? Here are a few things that may help:-learn better ways to manage your time (make a schedule)
-take care of your self. Get plenty of rest, eat well, limit alcohol intake
-exercise (walking can help clear your mind)
-write things down that are bothering you
-let your feeling out: talk, laugh cry- express your emotions
-ask for help; having a strong network of family and friends is extremely useful
-learn ways to relax your body (yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, breathing exercises)

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