There are many different types of stress and various impacts that stressful situations can have on all areas of our health. Review these possible stress-provoking situations.
•Sally is a hardworking young professional who was applauded for her work performance and given more responsibility. After a few months there is a rapid decline in her productivity and she is seen withdrawing from work. Sally’s new manager constantly criticizes her for her lack of productivity, which makes her performance worse, and causes her more worry.
•Nancy is ready to leave the house for work and spills coffee on her clean work clothes. Then, she finds that her car will not start. When she tries to call for help, she realizes her cell phone is disconnected because she did not pay the bill. She starts to cry.
•Bob found out that one of his best friends just died. The funeral will be held next week.
•Tom is called at work and told that he needs to pick up his teenage son from school. This is the second time this year that his son has been sent home for fighting. Tom’s boss is not happy that he requests to leave work early.
•Tracy, a single mother, finds she doesn’t have enough money left to buy food for her children before her next paycheck in two weeks. This is the third time this year she has struggled to put food on the table.
Choose one situation to evaluate and answer the following questions:
Please be sure you address each question, using terms and concepts from your text. A good initial discussion response should be at least 150–250 words in length. In order to earn full credit for participation, you must respond to two or more classmates in a substantive manner before the end of the module.
•Does this represent chronic or acute stress?
I believe this represents chronic stress . I feel that Bob will come to accept the fact that his best friend is gone. However, he will always feel sad inside over the death of his buddy .
The body and brain might be experiencing denial. He doesn’t want to believe that his friend is gone.
I think the goal of coping would to just tolerate the situation because he cant change death . He can take it one day at a time.
The coping strategy would be emotion focused coping. Bob needs to go to the funeral to know that his friends death is reality. Also, Bob can think about all the good times he had with his best friend .
He might break down and start crying .
•What are some of the potential long-term impacts on this individual’s health if he or she does not find a way to cope with this stressor?
2nd classmate :
Sally is a hardworking young professional who was applauded for her work performance and given more responsibility. After a few months there is a rapid decline in her productivity and she is seen withdrawing from work. Sally’s new manager constantly criticizes her for her lack of productivity, which makes her performance worse, and causes her more worry.
Does this represent chronic or acute stress?
This would be considered chronic stress because she did well in the beginning but since her boss constantly criticizes her she continues to do poorly.
What type of response might the body and brain be experiencing to manage the stressor?
The body may be experiencing anxiety, fatigue, nervousness and sleep disorders.
What would be the goal for coping with this stress? (eliminate, reduce, tolerate)
Sally would benefit greatly if she confronted her boss and let he or she know how the constant criticizing affects her job performance.
What type of coping strategy should be implemented—emotion-focused coping or problem-directed coping? How would the individual employ this approach? In other words, using this type of coping strategy, what could he or she do to cope with the stressor? Give 2 examples.
With the problem directed coping method Sally needs to confront her new boss in order to move on with the company’s expectations.
When she is able to address her issues with her new boss she will no longer carry that stress and will be able to move forward and do well once again.
Write 2 “coping self-statements” the individual might make in response to this stressor. You will find some examples of coping self-statements in your textbook.
Relax; I’m in control. Take a slow, deep breath
One step at a time; I can handle this situation.
What are some of the potential long-term impacts on this individual’s health if he or she does not find a way to cope with this stressor?
Sally may get heart disease or high blood pressure.
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