Marian Meadows, Coordinator of Behavioral Health Services for the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Wellness Center at Castro Valley High School, provided an excellent overview of the stressors during the pandemic and productive ways to combat stress.  Her presentation focused on
  • Definitions & Types of Stress
  • Examples of avoidable and unavoidable stressful scenarios
  • Strategies for reducing stress
  • Resources
Marian began by defining stress as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. She then detailed the hierarchy of stress before explaining the types of stress.
Stress Hierarchy
  • Complex Trauma
  • Trauma
  • Acute Stress â—„current situation with COVID-19
  • Stress Reaction
  • Stressors
  • Resiliency & Coping Mechanisms
  • Attachment & healthy relationships
Types of Stress
  • Social / Emotional
    • Peer / Social pressure
    • Acculturation / Assimilation
  • Environmental
    • Safety
    • Online environment
    • Pollution
  • Professional
    • Deadlines, loss of income, layoffs, closures
  • Physical
    • Brain chemicals-cortisol