Stress Karthik A, Tristan F, Sophie L, and Sophie R.

What is stress?

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A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress is a physical response, when stressed your body thinks that it is under attack and it in turn relaxes many different chemicals and hormones. Then those chemicals combine to cause tension.

What causes stress

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Your health, meaning you have a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, etc. Other causes may be an emotional problem such as anger or depression that you can't seem to express. You could also have a major life change like dealing with the death of a family member or maybe becoming a caregiver to a family member with a mental health issue. All these things can cause stress, however, your surroundings may also have an effect on your stress- you could live in an overcrowded or dangerous community. Maybe you have a lot of homework to do or tests and quizzes that you need to complete but you didn't study for them. For teenagers, they may have a hard time adjusting to doing so much homework and having lots of tests or quizzes on the same day.

Different Types of Stress

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There are three different types of stress, Acute stress, Episodic Acute stress, and Chronic stress. Acute stress is the most common type of stress, it comes from from future demands and things you need to have completed like deadlines. Episodic Acute stress is virtually the same thing as Acute stress except Episodic Acute stress lasts for longer periods of time. Chronic stress is the type of stress that doesn't go away. It wears people away, year after year. It is often called the stress of poverty

How to deal with stress

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You're putting your whole body at risk if you're living with high levels of stress. It wrecks your physical health, narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoy life.

Ways to deal with stress


Take deep breaths

Slow down

Talk to family & friends

Listen to your body


Listen to music


Get sleep

Take a hot bath

Drink tea and water

Examples of Stress

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Chronic Injury



Traumatic Event

Insecure about termination of job

Discrimination in daily life

Failing a test

Unrealistic expectations (Expecting everything to be perfect)


We believe a way to reduce stress in HCMS students would be to create what we call a "Stress Kit." The stress kit consists of 3 rubber bands, a small figit, a tea packet, and a bath bomb. These items will provide energy to get through the day, the relieving of tension, and the relaxation of the muscles. The rubber bands help relieve the tension in your body and mind. The small fight helps your mind focus while also entertaining yourself and moving around. The tea packet will give you the energy and nutrients you need to work through the day. Finally, the bath bomb will relax your muscles after a long day's work.


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