Adaptation Of Stress

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The definition of stress is not limited to a textbook or dictionary, as it can take many forms and vary from person to person. According to Practical Stress Management, stress is defined as the response of the body, mind and behaviors as a result of encountering stressors, interpreting these, making judgements about controlling or influencing the outcome of these events (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 14). Stress is a part of everybody’s life, at one point or another throughout the day most people experience stress. Stressors are an external event that poses a threat (actual or perceived) to the mind or body and are experienced differently by everybody (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 14). Everything done in a day’s time, school, work, money and even …show more content…
During 1932, Walter Connon, a physiologist, defined stress to be a “fight or flight” response, meaning, the body either responds to stressors by fighting or running away from it (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). Later on, after further understanding of Connon’s work, Hans Selye, developed the general adaptation syndrome which included a three-stage response to stress (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). The first stage of the general adaptation syndrome involves the alarm reaction, which is when the body recognizes that something is being upset out of equilibrium (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). During this stage, it is common for the adrenal gland to release a hormone called corticosteroid, which enables the body to have more energy and can sometimes lead to a shrinkage of the lymphatic structures, decrease blood volume and allow stomach ulcers to form (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). If the stressor is still subjected to the body, the next stage begins. During the second stage, the body begins to have the reverse effect as stage one. This time, the body begins to deplete its energy and the blood volume increases (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). If the stressor continues, the third and final stage occurs, exhaustion. During this stage, permanent damage to the body occurs (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 2). If the stressor is not removed, it can result in total depletion of energy and death can occur …show more content…
By taking steps to manage both anger and conflict, we can eliminate stress associated with it. Anger sometimes can get to be out of control if not properly dealt with, potentially harming one’s self and even other people (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 113). Anger and conflict resolution go hand in hand with good communication, as sometimes poor communication can lead to anger and conflict. An easy way to manage anger, especially when dealing with other people is to use a time out technique. The time out technique includes three main steps, stop, think and act (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 109). It is important to stop and discuss that you need to step away from a conversation, think about something someone else may have said and then finally do your best to agree to work together to continue on a conversation (Romas & Sharma, 2013, pp. 109). Following the stop, think and act technique will be a better way to deal with anger or conflicts that may arise during conversation. This is the one area of the stress management plan that I will not have to work very hard to achieve. I already am very good at handling anger and conflict, which makes this area need less

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