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What Stress Does to Your Body

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

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Instructions

In groups:

  • Read the What Stress Does to Your Body handout together
  • Underline key phrases or ideas
  • Identify ways that personal stress can influence your success as an intern
Teacher Notes

Talk about Stress:

Short-­term stress can be useful. A rush of adrenaline can help us take a test, meet a work deadline or run to catch the bus. The background to this is that early humans lived in small groups and their bodies developed the ability to fight or flee when a predator attacked. That was natural and quick. But modern life has brought us different kinds of long-­term stresses that our bodies are not equipped to handle. If your body’s defense mechanisms are constantly activated, you may become vulnerable to major health problems. It is important to watch for signs of stress and find ways to manage it for success and happiness in your personal and professional lives.

Signs of Stress to Watch For:

  • Feeling depressed, edgy, guilty, tired

  • Having headaches, stomach aches, trouble sleeping

  • Laughing or crying for no reason

  • Feeling tired, even when you have slept well

  • Seeing only the down side of a situation

  • Feeling like things that you used to enjoy aren't fun or are a burden

  • Having feelings of anxiety or excessive worry

Group Discussion:

Form groups of four and direct students to the handout What Stress Does to Your Body.

Assessment Notes

What Stress Does to Your Body with key phrases underlined

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