RMY08: Stress and nerves

Duration10 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo understand that stress and nerves are a healthy part of life. However at high levels for extended periods, they can be detrimental to your mental health and wellbeing.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Stress and nerves
Lesson ComponentsStress and nerves are a very healthy part of life. It is the body’s response to a potential threat – real or perceived. There will be a
quickening of the pulse, increase in rate of breathing, shortness of breath, tightness of muscles, blood pressure rises and senses
become sharper. It prepares the body for the fight, flight or freeze response. Once the potential threat is removed, so should the stress.
It is not to be confused with anxiety.
Stress can make mental health concerns worse.
If the stress is prolonged or becomes overwhelming, it can lead to mental health concerns.
Refer to the Self-help and self-care session for some ideas around how to take a break.
Key messagesStress is healthy and natural, so long as it is not prolonged or constant
Stress can exacerbate mental illnesses
Prolonged or constant stress, can lead to a mental illness
ReflectionWhat are some of the physical signs of stress?
A: Quickening of the pulse, increase in rate of breathing, shortness of breath, tightness of muscles, blood pressure rises and senses become sharper.
Lesson Content
0% Complete 0/1 Steps