Stress of Nursing Students

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Work stress is given a chapter on its own , and the conclusion asks what we mean by stress and how research on the topic can be pursued."

Stress Happens! It's unavoidable!

Stress can be good or bad. It's good when it helps build strong muscles and bones -- like when we exercise. It's bad when it overwhelms us and causes physical problems. Stress induced problems include:

" Weight Gain " Digestive Disorders
" Headaches " Muscle & Joint Pain
" Irritability " Sleep Problems
. Fatigue " Anxiety & Depression

You'd like to know some of the scientific causes for stress induced problems and possible solutions?


When under stress, our bodies secrete a hormone called cortisol. When cortisol levels are high and we don't get enough rest, water, nutrients, and fun; we get in trouble. We actually begin to cannibalize our own muscles, organs and glands! It's like putting an empty pot over a flame. There's nothing left in the pot to cook, so the pot burns. How can you feel good if your body is cannibalizing itself with unrelenting stress? The end result -- you get tired and burned out.

Another effect of increased cortisol is an elevation of the hormone insulin. When insulin is present in the blood stream we store fat instead of burning it. So, we gain weight and don't lose it. Inflammation in the body, leading to pain -- especially in areas where you've had previous injuries, is another result of increased insulin. Lastly, our immune systems can't protect us when insulin levels are high. So we get frequent infections, allergies (or hyper- sensitivity reactions) and abnormal cell formation leading to cancer.

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