(adapted from the HealthCorps curriculum)
What is Stress?
Stress is your brain’s and your body’s way of responding to any type of unnatural demand or threat. Under this stress, your body responds through a number of mechanisms: your body does primarily release chemicals in an attempt to counteract the stress. That is, your body releases chemicals to give you the added strength and energy needed to protect yourself. This is a natural reaction, initiated and controlled by your brain and the release of specific hormones.
Under stressful conditions, your body may also shut down your ability to think, feel and act, as well as repair itself. When you feel threatened for any reason, your body’s defenses take over in an automatic and rapid response, sometimes known as “fight or flight.”
There are many things you can do to reduce stress. Check out these tips on stress reduction
Stress and sleep
As a high school aged teenager, the proper amount of sleep is very important. A good night’s sleep is essential in allowing you to tackle whatever stress you may have. When you are tired, you may be less patient and more easily agitated, which can result in stress. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. As a teenager, you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Enough sleep, at the right time, is also important for your general overall health.
Watch Dr. Oz explain the importance of getting adequate sleep.