Chapter 9 – Stress


  1. Define stress
  2. Describe the effects of stress on wellbeing
  3. Identify effective strategies for managing stress
  4. Assess your own levels of stress


  • Stress – the body’s physical, mental, and emotional response to a particular stimulus
  • Stressor – Something that causes stress
  • Eustress – Good Stress
  • Distress – Bad stress
  • Adrenalin – a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation and breathing
  • Homeostasis – the default state in which the body functions normally
  • General adaptation syndrome (GAS) – a pattern of stress responses consisting of three stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion


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