Running head: STRESS ACTION PLAN
STRESS ACTION PLAN 9
Personal Action Plan: Stress Management
Southern New Hampshire University
Stress, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc. It is something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. I have learned a lot about stress and the ways it can consume you and the effects it has on the way we act and the way we make decisions in our life.
In module one we learned about the genes and the effects our environments have on us, but stress has a way of showing up after we are out of the mother's womb. Researchers have studied stress and the effects it has on the fetus. Pre-term births and low birth weight are among the most recognized effects of maternal stress during pregnancy. Pre-term babies are vulnerable to a series of complications later on in life, chronic lung disease, developmental delays, learning disorders and infant mortality.
(WebMD, 2008) In module two the nervous system was on display and the brain is part of the nervous system. Dr. Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine suggests that even among healthy individuals, difficult life events that cause stress can lead to shrinkage in parts of the brain responsible for regulating emotions and metabolism. He goes on to say it is the result of collection of lifetime stress that causes the change in brains volume. (Park, n.d.). In module three we learned what makes up emotional intelligence, which is the ability to perceive, understand, manage, and use emotions. (SOOMO, 2014). People with high levels of stress can have their emotional intelligence clouded. It gets in the way of people being...