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    1. 1. 06/07/09 STRESS and Your Health Presentation by Gene James, DC
    2. 2. OBJECTIVES Define stress Misconceptions Effects Ways to control stress
    3. 3. 06/07/09 WHAT IS STRESS ? <ul><li>STRESS (stres), noun. </li></ul><ul><li>1. A specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. </li></ul>
    4. 4. 06/07/09 Stress is not in our environment… <ul><li>… it is what we perceive in our mind and body. </li></ul>
    5. 5. 06/07/09 Is Stress POSITIVE / NEGATIVE <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stress in and of itself is neither positive nor negative. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. 06/07/09 MIND OVER MANAGEMENT <ul><li>Our goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin with educating yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>R emember: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Knowledge is power!” </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to control a matter lies in understanding it. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Expectation </li></ul>Reality Disappointment
    8. 8. TYPES OF STRESSORS <ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><li>Internal </li></ul>
    9. 9. EXTERNAL STRESSORS <ul><li>Physical Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul><ul><li>Major Life Events </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Hassles </li></ul>
    10. 10. INTERNAL STRESSORS <ul><li>Lifestyle choices </li></ul><ul><li>Negative self - talk </li></ul><ul><li>Mind traps </li></ul><ul><li>Personality traits </li></ul>
    11. 11. STRESS REACTIONS <ul><li>Negative reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Positive reaction </li></ul>
    12. 12. NEGATIVE REACTION <ul><li>It is a contributory factor in minor conditions, such as headaches, digestive problems, skin complaints, insomnia and ulcers. </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive, prolonged and unrelieved stress can have a harmful effect on mental, physical and spiritual health. </li></ul>
    13. 13. POSITIVE REACTION <ul><li>Stress can also have a positive effect, spurring motivation and awareness, providing the stimulation to cope with challenging situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress also provides the sense of urgency and alertness needed for survival when confronting threatening situations. </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Pain </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasure </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Most of the stress we experience is self-generated. How we perceive life - whether an event makes us feel threatened or stimulated, encouraged or discouraged, happy or sad - depends to a large extent on how we perceive ourselves. </li></ul>
    16. 16. “ I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Mark Twain
    17. 17. The way you choose to deal with life’s curve balls can greatly impact your body’s response to stress .
    18. 18. Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Ancient Chinese proverb
    19. 19. 06/07/09 STRESS SYMPTOMS Work related stress has a way of creeping into our lives, sometimes without our even realizing it. Some of the symptoms are minor, while others are more serious and even hazardous to your health. You may be stressed out if you… <ul><li>Have a hard time making decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Have trouble meeting important deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Experience feelings of fatigue or sleepiness even with enough sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Have low self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get the job done </li></ul><ul><li>Tend to criticize and be argumentative </li></ul><ul><li>Experience moodiness or depression </li></ul><ul><li>Are forgetful </li></ul>
    20. 20. 06/07/09 STRESS SYMPTOMS II <ul><li>Get the constant feeling that something is wrong or missing </li></ul><ul><li>Have a change in appetite so that you eat more or less than usual </li></ul><ul><li>Find yourself smoking, drinking, or using drugs to cope with your job </li></ul><ul><li>Experience rapid, irregular heartbeats or heart pounding </li></ul><ul><li>Experience rapid breathing or hyperventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Get muscle aches, headaches, or migraines </li></ul><ul><li>Have high blood pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Break out in skin rashes </li></ul>
    21. 21. 06/07/09 DURING TIMES OF CRISIS <ul><li>Give yourself credit for being human; intentional self-care is crucial. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that your mind is not fully functioning. DO NOT make any major life changes or life decisions until things calm down. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the AA motto: </li></ul><ul><li>“ One Day at a Time.” </li></ul><ul><li>Know that this too shall pass . </li></ul>
    22. 22. 06/07/09 5 EASY WAYS TO ADDRESS S T R e s s s s ………………….z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z <ul><li>Take deep breaths </li></ul><ul><li>Take a walk; escape from your environment </li></ul><ul><li>Say no to what you don’t have time for or what isn’t interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Leave work early (or at least on time) </li></ul><ul><li>Relax your demands on yourself a bit; most of us expect too much </li></ul>
    23. 23. MAIN GOAL <ul><li>Act, don’t react. Plan ahead, including having a Plan B. </li></ul><ul><li>If there is a pattern of setting yourself up for problems or if the baggage from your past is interfering too much with the present, “ GET HELP !” e.g., adults abused as children; adult children of alcoholics. </li></ul>
    24. 24. QUESTIONS