Stress Management Workshop


What is Stress??

Stress is the response your body has to the demands made upon it. Originally the "flight or fight response," it puts our bodies on alert to deal with potential trouble or dangers. Heart rate and blood pressure increase, hormone (such as adrenaline) and blood sugar levels rise, and the mind turns to focus on the perceived threat.

Today, stress is an inevitable part of life; there's no way we can completely avoid it. Nor would we want to-it motivates us to plan ahead and to accomplish things. But too much stress can cause all kinds of problems, especially if it continues over a long period of time. It can lower our immune systems, leading to colds or other illnesses, and cause heart problems, ulcers, and depression.

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Information compiled by Leslie Bautista

Robert A. Rando, Ph.D. January 30, 2003