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Self-regulation resources and training to support children’s mental health

Your brain and stress

What happens when you are stressed

When you are stress, your body releases adrenaline which increases your breathing and heart rate, getting you ready to defend yourself (fight) or run away (flight). You sweat more and mouth becomes dry.

It takes time for the body to recover and the adrenaline levels to subside.

If you are stressed on a long term basis, the body will continue to produce adrenaline which can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health.

Cortiso is another stress hormone that increases in the body when there is a threat or stress. Short-term, cortisol can help you deal with an immediate emergency by giving you a quick burst of energy, heighten your memory and awareness and reduce your sensitivity to pain. However, if you are stressed over a long period of time cortisol can have a negative effect on the body by lowering immunity, blurring thinking, decreasing muscle mass and bone density, increase fat storage and imbalance sugar levels.

Encourage children to learn how to manage stress.