The purpose of this assignment is to help you understand the relationship between stress and health habits. When people are stressed, their behaviors change, and they often indulge in unhealthy behaviors, which they might not if they were not stressed. Also, stress may reduce people’s motivations to adhere to healthy habits, such as a healthy diet or an exercise regimen. Therefore, stress can reduce people’s adherence to healthy behavior in two ways—adding unhealthy behaviors and failing to enact healthy ones. For this assignment, first view this video: Interaction Between Mind, Nervous System, and Immune System: Excerpt from “Immuno-Imagery DVD” (Links to an external site.)
Then, explore this relationship between stress and illness by examining your health habits when you are under stress. Be sure to answer the following questions:
- Do you become more likely to engage in unhealthy health habits (e.g., overeating, drinking, smoking) to manage stress and feel better? Explain your answer.
- Formulate some alternative coping strategies that present less risk to your health.
Your submission should be 2-3 pages total in length (double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins