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Unit 5 Presentation Stress Management Meagan Harrill

Day 1: What is Stress?

- Types of stress
o Biological, ecological, socio-economic and physical
- Symptoms and risk factors of stress
o Migraine, weight gain, high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and
chronic illness
- Prevention and treatment
o Stress Management, exercise, healthy diet, meditation, yoga
- Stress Assessment/ Video Presentation

Day 2: Meditation
- History
- Practices/forms
- Benefits
- Video
- Guided Meditation

Day 3: Yoga
- History
- Practices/forms
- Benefits
- Video
- Yoga Presentation

What is Stress?
Unit 5 Presentation Stress Management Meagan Harrill

Definition: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding
Biological Stress- any condition that puts pressure and makes demands on both the physical and
psychological defense system of a living organism. It can be triggered by a change in
temperature (hot/cold), an injury that leads to disability (temporary/permanent), or the onset
of disease (acute/chronic). (Nugent, 2015)
- Stress on body due to illness. Having a stomach virus can cause stress on our physical
being as well as emotional. Having to miss work due to illness can be stressful on the
Ecological (Environmental) Stress- physical, chemical, and biological constraints on the
productivity of species and on the development of ecosystems. When the exposure to
environmental stressors increases or decreases in intensity, ecological responses
result. (Santiago,2018)
- Environmental stress can be anything that effects our environment in which we live.
Wildfires, ecosystem, pollution, weather
Socio-economic (Social) Stress- stress that stems from a person’s relationship with others and
their social environment. Humans have a fundamental desire to maintain relationships. Can be
motivation or stress to progress in life.
Stress Assessment Questions
. List the situation on the left. Use a rating scale of 1 through 10 for the start, midway, and
end. You will use this Journal Assignment as a way of mapping your stress throughout the
course. Keep it handy and refer back to it often. (Stahl & Goldstein, 2010)
Situation Start Midwa End
Full time student 8
Mother to a toddler 9
Wife of active duty military 5
Driving in a foreign country 5
Weight loss 8
Social situations where I don’t know anyone 6
Family members poor health 3
Finances 2
Finding work 2
Sticking to a schedule 8
My example…
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Unit 5 Presentation Stress Management Meagan Harrill

What is Meditation?
History- Meditation stems from Latin work Mediatatum meaning to ponder. No exact date but
started over a thousand years ago. When scholars try to originate the origins of meditation, they
must decipher ancient texts and recorded hieroglyphs to find references to the practice. Some
archeological findings show hunter-gatherers were practitioners of meditation.
Practices/Forms- diaphragmatic breathing, transcendental meditation, heart rhythm, guided
visualization, Qi Gong, mindfulness, some even use prayer as a form. Physical acts of meditation
such as Qi Gong, yoga, and walking
Benefits- Stress reduction, aids in depression and anxiety, can lower blood pressure, help the
mind to focus, problem solving, spiritual wellbeing
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What is Yoga?
History- The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern
India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig
Veda. These were mantras, songs and rituals used by the Vedic priests. The most noted of the
Yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 B.C.E. The practice has evolved
over time and now used as a form of meditation, relaxation, exercise and hobby.
Practices/forms- Hatha, Vinyasa are the most commonly used forms. Others include: hot yoga,
bikram yoga, ashtanga, kundalini, and yin.
Benefits- relaxation, stress reduction, mindfulness, exercise, weight loss, aids in depression and
anxiety, lowers blood pressure, flexibility, muscle toning, and overall mind-body-spirit
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N., & M.S., P. (2015, June 29). What is BIOLOGICAL STRESS? definition of BIOLOGICAL STRESS (Psychology
Dictionary). Retrieved from

Santiago, M. H., E., E., & E. (n.d.). Ecological Stress. Retrieved from

Stahl, B. & Goldstein, E. (2010). A mindfulness-based stress reduction workbook. Oakland, CA:
New Harbinger Publications, Inc.