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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Stress Management

Stages of Stress

In response to stressful events you may experience any or all of the following stages:

Stage 1: Mobilization of Energy
All bodily activity is increased in response to the body’s fight-or-flight reaction.

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Decreased digestion rate, that feels like butterflies and indigestion

Stage 2: Exhaustion or Consuming Energy
Body begins to release stored sugars and fats

  • Feeling driven
  • Feeling pressured
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Increase in smoking, coffee drinking and/or alcohol consumption
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Acute illnesses such as colds and flu

Stage 3: Draining Energy Stores
Chronic stress can lead to the body’s need for energy resources that exceeds its ability to produce them.

  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Illness,
  • Insomnia
  • Errors in judgement
  • Personality Changes


How high is your stress index? Find out by taking this quiz.

Check all that apply:

Avoid people whose ideas are different from your own?

Your Total Score:

1-6: There are few hassles in your life. Make sure, though, that you are not trying so hard to avoid problems so much that you shy away from challenges

7-13: You’ve got your life in fairly good control. Work on the choices and habits that could still be causing you some unnecessary stress in your life.

14-20: You’re approaching the danger zone. You may well be suffering stress-related symptoms and your relationships could be strained. Think carefully about choices you’ve made and take relaxation breaks everyday.

Above 20: Emergency! You must stop now, re-think how you are living, change your attitudes and pay careful attention to diet, exercise and relaxation.