Coping with Stress Through Communication

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Coping With Stress Through Communication

University of South Carolina Aiken

Alex Cohen

March 22, 2012

“On my honor as a University of South Carolina Aiken student, I have completed my work according to the principle of Academic Integrity. I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this assignment/examination.”

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Coping With Stress

The pressure, responsibility, and performance expected out of individuals today can cause an intense amount of stress build up in one’s life. Stress is the process in which we cope with threats and challenges of the environment (Townsend, 2009). Shelley Lane (2010) relates the occurrence of stress with the reaction one’s body encounters simultaneously. The concept of “fight-or-flight syndrome” is said to initiate when a perceived threat is encountered. The consequences of this reaction include a faster heart rate, sweating, and a more rapid rate of breathing (Lane, 2010, p. 97-98). The reaction stress causes on the human body can lead to serious complications, therefore, it is important to identify ways to effectively cope with stress. The purpose of this paper is to introduce ways to cope with stress by means of effective communication.

Mary Townsend (2009) discovered that our bodies respond to stress in three stages, called general adaption syndrome. The first stage is the alarm stage. In this stage, the body undergoes physical or emotional trauma. The second stage is resistance. Resistance is a state of the body in which the body maintains high blood pressure, temperature, and respiration. The third stage is exhaustion, which is the point where the body is very vulnerable to illness because of ongoing stress (Townsend, 2009). “Mindfulness refers to a state of kind and benevolent attention to all contents which arise in the mind. It is an attitude that can be adopted with every single mental occurrence, even if it should be a...
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