http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/450-good-stress-bad-stressULife. (2018). How do you tell the difference between goodstress and bad? Retrieved from/what-is-stress/The Stress Management Society. (2017). What is stress? Retrievedfrom https:// www.
stress.org.uk Retrievedfrom https://edge.apus.edu/portal/site/364016/toolThe Apereo Foundation. (2018). Reach out to those who are hurting. Week 1 lesson: Defining stressReferencesThese stressors can have an emotional impact on the officeras well as the family.
Agencies should have plans in place to help employeeswho may be suffering before it leads to a range of problems that ultimately couldlead to suicide (The Apereo Foundation, 2018).· Media attention· Large investigative caseloads· Internal affairs investigations· Financial stress due to low pay, lack of raises,and concerns about retirement· Isolation due to the job· Shift work, which disrupts sleep patterns· Divorce· Experiencing dreadful events from calls forservice or investigationsIn law enforcement, there are several factors that cancontribute to stress. Stress can increase fatigue to the point that properdecision-making is compromised and officers cannot accurately protectthemselves or citizens. Such factors include, but are not limited to thefollowing:The disadvantage is when the body goes into a state ofstress in the wrong situations. When blood flow is going only to the mostimportant muscles needed to fight or run away, brain function is decreased.This can lead to a failure in critical thought; a state that is a great burdenin both our work and at home. If we are kept in prolonged states of stress, itcan be harmful to our health.
Theresults of having elevated cortisol levels can be a spike in sugar and bloodpressure levels, and a drop in libido. Too much stress can also weaken theimmune system, cause body aches and pains, irritability, sleep problems, and changesin appetite.Additionally, there are several health benefits that comewith a grain of stress.
Researchers believe that some stress can help to strengthenthe immune system. For example, stress can improve how our heart works and shieldour body from infection. In one study, people who experienced reasonable levelsof stress before surgery were able to recuperate faster than those who had lowor high levels.Experts have shown that stress is a burst of energy that essentiallytells us how to react in certain situations. Small amounts of stress have severaladvantages.
For instance, stress can help us face our fears and challenges,motivates us to reach our goals. Truthfully, stress can help us handle our responsibilitiesmore efficiently and it can even improve memory (ULifeline, 2018).From a dictionary definition, stress is a state of mental oremotional strain or tension stemming from unfavorable or very challengingcircumstances. Stress is mainly our body trying to tell us something.
When weface stress, our body thinks it is being attacked and goes into a ‘fight or flight’stance, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline,cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action (The StressManagement Society, 2017). This causes several reactions, from blood being redirectedto muscles to shutting down excessive bodily functions such as digestion. Onceexample is the knee jerk reaction we may get to slam on the brakes if someonejumps in front of our vehicle.Professor BondJanuary 1, 2018Week 1 ForumTyrone Rawls