Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward
Tips for Handling StressKnow What Stress Is• Our physical, emotional, cognitive and  behavioral responses to changes that ...
Tips for Handling StressKnow the signs of a Stress Reaction• Physical  –   Muscle tension  –   Racing/pounding heart  –   ...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Emotional             • Cognitive  – Anger                 — Confusion              ...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Behavioral  –   Clenching fists  –   Gritting teeth  –   Overeating  –   Substance u...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Know the Sources of Stress• Environment   – It bombards you with demands to adjust; yo...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Physiological  – Illness  – Aging  – Menopause  – Accidents  – Lack of exercise and ...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Thoughts  – Our cognitive responses (self-talk) to stressful    events will either i...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Prepare and Prevent (Sources)• Environment:  – Plan travel time  – Listen to music  – ...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Social  – Learn to communicate and resolve conflicts with    others in a positive ma...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Physiological  – Exercise  – Eat well  – See your healthcare provider regularly• Tho...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Responding to Signs of Stress• Physical  – Deep breathing  – Progressive muscle relaxa...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Cognitive  – Think positively  – Look for opportunity in a “crisis/challenge”  – Loo...
Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Behavioral  – Avoid using substances to deal with stress  – Seek out others to talk ...
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Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards

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Understanding the reaction signs to stress and how to handle stress when it is present.

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Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards

  1. 1. Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward
  2. 2. Tips for Handling StressKnow What Stress Is• Our physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changes that occur in life or to demands that are placed on us; stress is our response to changes/events.
  3. 3. Tips for Handling StressKnow the signs of a Stress Reaction• Physical – Muscle tension – Racing/pounding heart – Rapid breathing – Nausea – Headache – Chronic fatigue – Appetite changes – Sleep disturbance
  4. 4. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Emotional • Cognitive – Anger — Confusion — Forgetfulness – Irritability — Negative self-talk – Easily frustrated — Poor – Mood swings concentration – Hostility — Boredom – Feelings of panic — Indifference — Spacing out – Anxiety – Worry
  5. 5. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Behavioral – Clenching fists – Gritting teeth – Overeating – Substance use – Nail biting – Physical violence to others/property – Isolating – Crying spells – Impulsiveness
  6. 6. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Know the Sources of Stress• Environment – It bombards you with demands to adjust; you must endure weather, noise, traffic, pollution• Social - You must cope with: – Deadlines – Financial issues – Presentations – Disagreements – Demands for your time and attention – Balancing personal and work relationships with self-care
  7. 7. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Physiological – Illness – Aging – Menopause – Accidents – Lack of exercise and proper diet – Sleep disturbance – Expected and unexpected physical changes
  8. 8. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Thoughts – Our cognitive responses (self-talk) to stressful events will either increase or decrease the stress response.
  9. 9. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Prepare and Prevent (Sources)• Environment: – Plan travel time – Listen to music – Change the look of your office – Keep your car running well, etc.
  10. 10. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Social – Learn to communicate and resolve conflicts with others in a positive manner – Work on balancing family/work time – Financial planning – Learn time management skills – Assess your personal values (what we do is what we value)
  11. 11. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Physiological – Exercise – Eat well – See your healthcare provider regularly• Thoughts – Assess and monitor your self-talk (glass “half full or half empty?”) – Assess your irrational beliefs ( “I must make everyone happy always”); remember the “a – b – c” model
  12. 12. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Responding to Signs of Stress• Physical – Deep breathing – Progressive muscle relaxation – Stretching – Exercise – Get a massage – Take a warm bath
  13. 13. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Cognitive – Think positively – Look for opportunity in a “crisis/challenge” – Look at what you can do and not at what you can’t – Make positive self-statements
  14. 14. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)• Behavioral – Avoid using substances to deal with stress – Seek out others to talk to – Eat well – Take care of yourself physically by exercise – Do not use physical violence towards other people or property – Implement muscle relaxation techniques

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