Stress's Effects on the Body / Play Doh and Relaxation
Class Summary - Today in class we talked about how stress can be both a good thing (Eustress) and a negative thing (Distress). We talked about how stress helps us rise to a challenge and get us out of emergency situations. However, this stress can deplete our energy stores and become distress very easily. We talked about different types of stressors and stressors that the students personally have in their lives. Then we discussed how important it is to have healthy ways to relieve stress because of all of the possible negative stress effects on the body. Then we practiced two stress relief techniques. One of them was to play with play doh (a way to get mind off of the topic and tension and relaxation of the muscles for stress relief) and relaxing / focusing on breathing for 10 minutes.
Homework - Students should come to my room to get a biodot before school sometime before October 3rd (the day before the assessment). They should record their color at different times throughout the day on the provided record sheet.
Objectives - Students will summarize personal stressors at home, in school and with friends (Standard 1 Core Concepts), Students will explain the body's physical and psychological responses to stressful situations (Standard 1 Core Concepts), Students will evaluate effective strategies for dealing with stress (Standard 1 Core Concepts), Students will demonstrate stress relief techniques (Standard 7 Self Management)