Stress can be defined as the way our body makes us feel as it responds to events in our lives.

What causes stress?

Stress may be caused by physical challenges, such as being in a dangerous situation, or by emotional challenges, such as moving to a new school, or dealing with a long list of study or work tasks.

When we face a stressful situation, a part of our brain called the hypothalamus sends messages to the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream.

These hormones make us breathe more quickly, make our hearts beat faster, and dilate our blood vessels to allow more blood to flow to our extremities.

This makes us ready to act quickly if necessary, and is called the ‘fight or flight’ or ‘stress’ response.

In the right situation, stress can be a good thing – for example, just before acting in a play or giving a speech, these hormones can make us more focused and we may perform better.  They can also help us to react quickly in emergency situations – for example, avoiding an unexpected hazard when riding a bike.

However, some life situations and events can create stress for several reasons. We might feel:

  • Unprepared for them.
  • Unhappy about them.
  • Unable to cope with them.

How can stress make me feel?

Stress that is felt over a longer period – perhaps due to moving to a new town, or changing family circumstances – can be more difficult to manage. If we are under long-term stress, hormones are constantly produced at low levels by our adrenal glands.  This can cause symptoms such as:

  • Chronic tiredness.
  • Lowered immunity to illness.
  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety or irritation.
  • Problems sleeping or eating.

What can I do about it?

Everybody feels stressed at one time or another. However, there are some things we can do to help ourselves.

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Ask a trusted person for help when we need it.
  • Do something every day that helps you to relax.

It is also helpful to try to keep a positive attitude, to think calmly, and to remember that everybody feels stressed at times.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

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I Think Because
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My Questions
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News Review
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The Big Idea
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3 years ago

good news

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3 years ago

I was a bit stressed about our school production but now I am fine 😀

3 years ago

good news

Happy Happy Fun Time
Happy Happy Fun Time
3 years ago

I was a bit stressed about our school production but now I am fine 😀

10 days ago

i mean i fell very stressed out only when my little sister annoys me



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