What is Stress?

The Body's Stress Response

"When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action." ( A constant release of these hormones can be harmful. Over time, physical stress takes a toll and can become debilitating and lead to disease; furthermore, the accumulation of mental and emotional stress inhibits our performance and relationships.

Journal Articles

Managing Stress and Teaching

  The physiological effects of stress on teachers:
         Black, S. (2003). Stroking stressed-out teachers. American School Board Journal, 190, 36-38.

  A practical explanation of teacher's stress and how to approach it:
         Bradshaw, R. (2011). Stress management for teachers: A practical approach. The Clearing House, 65(1), 43-47.

  Three techniques for managing teacher stress:
         Nagel, L., & Brown, S. (2003). The ABCs of managing teacher stress. The Clearing House, 76(5), 255.

The Science of Stress and Management

  Effects of Stress on the Brain:
         Bremner, J. (2006). Stress and brain atrophy. Stress and Brain Atrophy, (5), 503-512.

  Breathing Stress Away:
         Deepak, K. (n.d.). The role of autonomic nervous system in rapid breathing practices. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 42-45.

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