7.10 Key Terms

chronic stress: stress that is always present and so overwhelming that it starts to damage your body. 7.2

dehydration: when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it needs. 7.3

emotional balance:  balancing the negative with the positive in a way where we can be generally be happy even if we’re saddened by some things. 7.0

good stress: stress in amounts small enough to help you meet daily challenges; also a warning system that produces the fight-or-flight response, which increases blood pressure and your heart rate so you can avoid a potentially life-threatening situation. 7.2

mindfulness: being present with your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment; also without judgment—meaning there is no right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment. 7.2

VUCA: acronym created by the military that stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous; created to describe how many of us are in a constant state of overdrive as a result of living in this VUCA world. 7.2

wellness: feeling good in every respect, in mind and spirit as well as in body. 7.0


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