Dude, I’m Stressed! Stress Management for Life<br />Lori Wangberg, Health Educator<br />CMU Health Services<br />
What is Stress??<br />Defined as the way your body and mind react to any situation, that is new, threatening, or exciting....
 STAGES OF STRESS<br /> Alarm Reaction – Recognition of stressor<br />   (evaluation of threat or not)<br />Resistance – D...
Things that stress us:<br />School work<br />Job<br />Money<br />Relationships<br />Family<br />Time management<br />Livin...
College Student Stress Calendar<br />September – homesickness, room mate conflicts, academic adjustment, alcohol/substance...
When stress is harmful:<br />No healthy outlet for this feeling of “tightness”<br />Misuse of alcohol or <br />   other su...
Healthy ways to cope with stress<br />Be realistic, learn to say NO!<br />Get rid of  Superman/Superwoman<br />Choose one ...
	   TEST ANXIETY – Why?<br />It is really just nervousness or excitement.<br />We start having negative thoughts, stress l...
Consequences:<br />Chronic stress can cause physical symptoms<br />60-90% of physician office visits are prompted by stres...
The Wellness Wheel<br />Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler<br />6 dimensions<br />Physical<br />Spiritual<br />Occupational<br ...
Bill Hettler, M.D. <br />1969 –first introduced to wellness and health<br />Lifestyle choices = survival in life<br />Bala...
Thank you for your attention!<br />“Out of clutter, find simplicity,<br />From discord, make harmony, <br />In the middle ...
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  1. 1. Dude, I’m Stressed! Stress Management for Life<br />Lori Wangberg, Health Educator<br />CMU Health Services<br />
  2. 2. What is Stress??<br />Defined as the way your body and mind react to any situation, that is new, threatening, or exciting.<br />Stress prepares you to act (fight or flight)<br />Our response to handling stress determines whether it is harmful or helpful.<br />Stress comes from the Latin word “STRICTUS” meaning <br /> “to draw tight”. <br />(College students encounter many stressful situations and it is natural to feel some anxiety) <br />
  3. 3. STAGES OF STRESS<br /> Alarm Reaction – Recognition of stressor<br /> (evaluation of threat or not)<br />Resistance – Deal with the stressor (appropriately or not)<br />Final Stage – Exhaustion or Recovery<br /> (too much stress vs bounce back)<br />Source: Stress & Mental Health of College Students, 2006<br />
  4. 4. Things that stress us:<br />School work<br />Job<br />Money<br />Relationships<br />Family<br />Time management<br />Living arrangements<br />Homesickness<br />Past experiences<br />Social stigmas<br />Transitioning<br />Peer Pressure<br />Ignorance of resources<br />Sleep deprivation<br />Self esteem<br />
  5. 5. College Student Stress Calendar<br />September – homesickness, room mate conflicts, academic adjustment, alcohol/substance abuse<br />October - midterms, dating/non-dating anxieties, financial strain<br />March – Academic with approaching mid terms, senior job /summer job anxiety<br />April - Final papers/increase work load, financial worry after spring break costs, social life pressures, formals, etc. <br />
  6. 6. When stress is harmful:<br />No healthy outlet for this feeling of “tightness”<br />Misuse of alcohol or <br /> other substance abuse, because they don’t solve problems they just mask them and can create more stress, problems.<br /> sources: “About college and Stress”, Channing L.Bete, Co. ; CMU Counseling Center<br />
  7. 7. Healthy ways to cope with stress<br />Be realistic, learn to say NO!<br />Get rid of Superman/Superwoman<br />Choose one task at a time, (making lists seems to reduce stress)<br />Healthy lifestyle, good nutrition, adequate sleep, balance work and play<br />Share feelings with family, friends<br />Learn to forgive, go easy on criticism<br />Accept that you can’t control everything<br />Stop comparing yourself to others<br /> sources: National Mental Health Assn.<br /> American College Health Assn.<br />
  8. 8. TEST ANXIETY – Why?<br />It is really just nervousness or excitement.<br />We start having negative thoughts, stress lowers your IQ by about 10 points<br />Need to re-program our thoughts/minds<br />Visualize being successful<br />Single most important thing during a test is to breathe to reduce tension<br />Be adequately prepared, well rested<br />Source: CMU Counseling Center<br />
  9. 9. Consequences:<br />Chronic stress can cause physical symptoms<br />60-90% of physician office visits are prompted by stressful related conditions<br />Three legged stool (balance)<br /> -source: Harvard Medical<br /> School<br />
  10. 10. The Wellness Wheel<br />Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler<br />6 dimensions<br />Physical<br />Spiritual<br />Occupational<br />Social<br />Emotional<br />Intellectual<br />
  11. 11. Bill Hettler, M.D. <br />1969 –first introduced to wellness and health<br />Lifestyle choices = survival in life<br />Balance can be difficult to manage, gets easier with practice and as we get older<br />Money is not the answer, health is wealth<br />Purpose of life is to improve the planet for self, others and descendants<br />Try to bring balance to forefront of your consciousness<br />
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention!<br />“Out of clutter, find simplicity,<br />From discord, make harmony, <br />In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity”<br /> ~Albert Einstein<br />~images by microsoftoffice clipart<br />

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