Dealing with Acute Stress

What is Stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.

Fight or Flight (or Freeze) Fight or Flight

The Emergency Button

“Fight or flight” is a primitive physiological response to threat. It is nature’s ‘emergency button’. It mobilises the body for action when an extra energy-burst is needed. However, in our modern world, we use this energy supply for fending off emotional and practical threats, rather than life-threatening ones.


Fight or Flight – Your body’s built-in emergency response to any kind of THREAT

Physiological threat | Interpersonal threat | Psychological threat

•Physiological threat: •Predators (Lions, tigers, bears etc.), natural disasters, disease, death
•Interpersonal /Social threat: •Abandonment, rejection, embarrassment, shame
•Psychological threat: •Worries, finance, appraisals, evaluations, urgency workshops

Symptoms include:

•Body releases adrenaline and cortisol
•Heart beats faster and harder
•Muscles tense up
•Sweating •Digestion slows down
•Diarrhoea/ constipation/ heartburn
•Breathing is fast and shallow
•Increased inflammation
•Increased sensitivity of all senses


Tips for Positive Mental Health

Talk about or express your feelings | Exercise regularly | Eat healthy meals | Get enough sleep | Spend time with friends and loved ones | Develop new skills | Relax and enjoy your hobbies | Set realistic goals | Talk to your GP or a health professional and most importantly Relax!


Fact versus Feeling

•Knowing the difference between the feeling and the situation
•Knowing the difference between what you can change and what you need to accept
•Avoidance is anxiety’s best friend





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