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Moving Beyond Stress

Moving Beyond Stress






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  • m OVI N G b EYO N D s TRE S S
  • WIIFM …
    • Understand the impact of stress on your life
    • Evaluate life satisfaction
    • Learn steps to restore balance
    • Implement practices to reduce stress on a personal level
    • Implement steps to reduce stress in our organization
  • Benefits
    • Enhanced relationship at work & home
    • Control Distractions
      • Less wastage of time
    • Increased
      • Productivity
      • Effectiveness
    • Focus on tasks at hand
  • History of stress
    • Agricultural Age
      • stress from threat of catastrophic weather in destroying crops
    • Industrial Age
      • stress from new ways of doing things involving new machinery and techniques
    • Information Age
      • stress from technology keeping us connected “24/7” – causing overwhelm with information and with emails, faxes & phone calls
  • What is stress? - A perceived threat - real or imagined to one’s mind, body, spirit or emotion
  • What is work stress? Harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the employee
  • Stress at home
    • Two-parent family
      • working long hours/commute time
      • caring for children & elderly parents
      • household responsibilities
    • Single parent family
      • same as above but challenges are more extreme
    • Struggle with work/life balance
      • leads to eating fast/unhealthy diets
      • little personal time
    • Problems with
      • sleep/fatigue
      • anger management
      • more…
  • Causes for Stress
    • fear
      • of the new, the unknown
      • of conflict
      • of taking a risk
      • of developing trust
      • of inability to cope with changed circumstances
    • feelings
      • of personal insecurity
      • of vulnerability
      • of rejection
    • need for approval
    • lack of tolerance for ambiguity
  • How to respond to Stress Change the situation
  • Time Management … Decide what is more important Value your Time Know what is it, you want time for
  • Communication …
    • Share Information
    • More Ideas
    • Acknowledge Concern
    • Get Solutions
  • Communication
    • They own
    • I own
    • WE OWN
    • Determine who owns the problem
  • Change the Outlook …
    • It’s Overwhelming 
    • Here we go again! 
    • This won’t work 
    • I will not be able to correct this 
    • I’ll take it step by step 
    • This time things will be different 
    • Let me give another try 
    • It’s OK to say no sometimes 
  • Change the Situation … I have to be … I can’t Stand all this … It’s always or never
  • Stress has been linked to…
    • Illness
      • Heart disease
      • Cancer
      • Depression and Anxiety
      • Stroke
      • Immune disorders
      • Gastrointestinal problems
      • Diabetes
      • Lung Ailments
    • Accidents
    • Suicide
  • When will it end?
    • Stressors change
    • Many lack skills/knowledge to counteract or avoid the stressors in our lives.
    Life is 10% how you make it & 90% how you take it
  • The Good News
    • It’s possible to be proactive
    • Skills can be learned to counteract the effects of stress
    • Programs and resources are available to support a healthy body/mind and a healthy organization
  • “ I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” Charles M. Schulz
  • Wheel of Life Exercise
    • Identify areas of highest and lowest satisfaction
      • Career
      • Money
      • Health
      • Friends/Family
      • Significant Other/Romance
      • Personal Growth
      • Fun/Recreation
      • Physical Environment
  • Wheel Of Life
    • Identify one area where you are most dissatisfied
    • Write 3 action steps to increase satisfaction in this area
    • Set time limit to complete these steps
  • Identify Energy Drainers
    • Be mindful of what drains your energy in the following areas:
      • Food (caffeine, refined carbs, sugar, fat, fast foods,nicotine etc.)
      • Thoughts (negative, judgmental, rigid - attached to beliefs)
      • Feelings (fearful, anxious, hopeless, worried etc.)
      • Sleep (caffeine, TV, other media, relationship or care-giving issues)
      • Environment (television, noise, pollutants, chemicals, computer, cluttered space etc.)
    • Develop 3 action steps to help restore balance
    • Set time limit to complete these steps
  • Only 25% of all Americans know their next-door neighbors. National Geographic
  • “ Human beings are remarkably resilient. They can deal with almost anything as long as they do not become too isolated.” Harvard Business Review
  • Strategies for Reducing Stress
    • Difference between “good” and “bad” stress
    • Hold relaxation and/or stress reduction sessions
    • Deal with “sick building syndrome”
    • Create community atmosphere & discourage isolation caused by technology
  • Stress reducing strategies cont.
    • Use nature oriented art and music for relaxation
    • Identify/use your strengths
  • 7 Steps for Personal Stress Reduction
    • On a regular basis:
        • Develop sense of belonging
        • Practice one body/mind exercise 2-3X week
        • Practice meditation 10-20 minutes 1-2X daily
        • Learn to think/speak more objectively and being nonjudgmental
        • Practice sound nutrition/aerobic exercise
        • Use art, music, humor, nature for increased energy
        • Develop a belief system
  • Practices that counteract the harmful effects of stress
      • Mindful Meditation
        • Focus on one thing - focus on word or breath
        • As thoughts intrude, passively disregard them and return to word or breath
        • Practice 10-20 minutes a day 1-2X a day
      • Mindful Movement
        • Focus on muscle movement – practice elicits same response as above
        • Practice 20 minutes a day
  • Major points revisited
    • Understand the escalating impact/cost of stress at home/work
    • Importance of identifying stressors and being proactive
    • Learn to monitor reactions to stressors
    • Develop body/mind skills to counteract stress
    • Develop steps to reduce stress on organizational level
  •  THANKS 