Southern New Hampshire University
What is Stress? Stress is a physical response to events whether bad or good. Everybody has stress but, not all stress is bad stress. Stress can be caused by both environment and genes. There are at least three different types of stress routine stress (everyday stress), sudden stress brought about by a sudden negative change, and traumatic stress which can happen when you’re seriously ill. Stress is the body’s normal reaction to events whether negative or positive.
We had to take the Holmes and Rahe self-assessment. I got 211 on the Holmes and Rahe self-assessment. Honestly, going into taking the assessment I thought I was going to have a higher score. Though there wasn’t anything on the assessment about kids which adds a lot of stress especially if you have children who have special needs. I checked off change in sleeping habits on the assessment which is due to one of my children which really causes me a lot of stress and compromises my immune system. I only get about two hours a sleep a night, every month I get maybe one day where I get more than that. I get sick very easily because I’m so worn down all the time. This probably affects my stress a lot more because it impacts my ability as a wife and a mother. I have a medical condition called Hypothyroidism which causes me a ton of stress as well because I’m always tired and not feeling well due to it. My husband’s grandfather recently found out that his cancer returned so it puts more stress on me. I have to take care of not only my family but his grandparent’s as well. It is a lot of work and I always worry about having enough time in the day to do everything for my family plus his grandparents which makes it hard to find time to do my school work. When I do it usually is at night after my kids are in bed but most nights I seem to pass out before them and get nothing done. Then I start to stress about
References: The National Institute of Mental Health. (2015). Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it .Fact Sheet on Stress. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml MedLine Plus. (2015).Stress. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/stress.html