4th Grade (Ages 9-10)
This story talks about stress and how it relates to emotional health and behaviors.
- A little bit of stress prepares our bodies for action and activates our sympathetic nervous system – also known as the “fight or flight” system. Too much stress can actually hurt your body and your brain.
- Stress acts on the same parts of your brain that control your emotions, so you need to identify how stressful situations make you feel and act and what kinds of situations you find stressful.
- By understanding how your emotions and behaviors change when you are stressed out, you can then control how you react to the stressful situation. This will help you to feel better about yourself and the situation, which is important for protecting your brain.