Chapter 11 assignment
How did you score on the test?
My score was 14.0, which agrees with the scale used to connote the level of stress for age 18-29 in the age group I fall. Although the scale uses 14.2 as a figure, it is the closest range compared to my score. On the marital status nature, my score is close to the 14. 1 for the single or never wed. My score is a little high when the scale level representing gender is used.
Were you surprised by your score?
Yes is was surprised, to realize that people in my age group are the most stressed. I thought I should be among the least stressful individuals and now am left wondering what the kind of life experiences is for those not stressed as me. I need to understand their coping skills and how they maintain resilience in life.
What does this scale say about your level of stress?
The scale shows my stress level could be normal considering my age group, but it is still among the highest levels. The anxiety that is accompanied with new life experiences like new responsibilities could be the trigger. This could be compared to a situation where change is being experienced, as a youth I experience a lot of it, and this raises the levels of stress.
Overview of the videos
The first episode by Jason Silva, states that stress has been viewed traditionally as a negative emotion. He claims that stress has energies that can be channeled to yield positive results. Focusing stress energies for instance on your physical exercise can improve your health. The second episode, explains that different scenes in our environment can trigger a given amount of stress ranging from low, moderate, and high (Anonymous, 2015). Images of nature lower stress levels since they induce lower the production of cortisol hormone that leads to low blood pressure and more relaxed muscle. Scenes of accidents or violence raise cortisol levels in the blood, and the opposite happens, stress can never be avoided but can be control by controlling our brain response to it.
The third episode is by Jason Silva, he states that when an individual is given a sequence of instructions in a quick success, the short term memory is disrupted since it switches to a state of acute stress, the acute stress is detrimental to our brains. The fourth video episode, stress is triggered by the amygdala that is the primitive part of the brain (Anonymous, 2015). The amygdala triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol in the blood that increases breathing and heartbeat rate which results to increased alertness on the sensory organs like the eye ready to combat danger even in its absence like a crowd eager to listen to your speech. The fifth episode is a question posed for reflection to confirm whether someone’s brain can be too shocked by pressure from a given situation
Stress can be managed, when experiencing stress instead of dwelling on mental stress one can venture on a creative activity that will utilize the stress energies (Anonymous, 2015). In this contest, stress is a positive emotion that should be used as a stepping stone not to be viewed as a stumbling block in life.
The Brain is meant to solve challenges within the environment. It’s our responsibility to control how our brain respond to each environment since stress is all over although on a variable degree.
We should avoid stressors that expose our short-term memories into acute stress, which can harm our brain by damaging brain cells.
Under the stressful situations, the brain triggers the release of the hormone cortisol and adrenaline that can even lower one’s confidence in various situations like in a crowd. Learning relaxation techniques can help (Greenberg, 2002).
Anonymous, National Geographic Channel – Brain Games. Brain Games. N.p., (n.d). Retrieved June 26, 2015. From http://bg3.nationalgeographic.com/episode/5/.
Greenberg, J. S. (2002). Comprehensive stress management.