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  • 1. Stress Management
  • 2. What exactly is Stress??? Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to
  • 3. What Happens When You’re Stressed?  Body responds as though you’re in danger  Body makes hormones that speed up your heart  You breathe faster  May cause a burst of energy (anxiety)  *some stress is helpful -winning a race -finishing a job on time
  • 4. Being Overstressed  It may cause headaches, upset stomach, back pain, or trouble sleeping  It can weaken your immune system making it harder to fight off disease -may worsen an existing ailment  Relationship may suffer, you may not do as well at school or work
  • 5. What Can You Do About Stress?  Find out what is causing the stress in your life  Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life  Learn healthy ways to relieve stress
  • 6. How do you figure your stress level???  Stress can stem from many places -Death in the family -Getting married -Having a baby  Since it may not be clear when you are stressing… keep a stress journal -how you reacted -what caused it -how much stress
  • 7. Stress Test  Take as long as you need on the test  When you finish add the points to find your total  Answer “yes” even if only part of the question applies to you
  • 8. Stress Test Results  4 points or less-You are not prone to stress and are not likely to suffer from a stress-related illness. You are also not likely to have a stress-related illness.  5-13 points-You are prone to stress and are likely to suffer from the negative effects of stress. You may possibly be open to stress-related illnesses. You should consider stress control management and/or counseling.  14 points or more-You are a very prone to the negative effects of stress and may be open to stress-related illness. You must not delay in doing something about it. Seek professional stress management counseling and consult your medical doctor.
  • 9. Coping With Stress  Look around-see if there really is something you can change or control in the situation  Set realistic goals for yourself- reduce the number of events going on in your life and you may reduce the circuit overload  Remove yourself from the stressful situation-give yourself a break if only for a few moments daily  Don't overwhelm yourself- handle each task as it comes, or selectively deal with matters in some priority
  • 10. Coping With Stress  Don't sweat the small stuff-try to prioritize a few truly important things and let the rest slide  Learn how to best relax yourself- meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to be very effective in controlling stress  Selectively change the way you react-focus on one troublesome thing and manage your reactions to it  Change the way you see things- learn to recognize stress for what it is
  • 11. Coping With Stress  Get enough sleep-lack of rest just aggravates stress  Work off stress-with physical activity, whether it's jogging, tennis, gardening  Avoid self-medication or escape-alcohol and drugs can mask stress  Develop a thick skin-the bottom line of stress management is "I upset myself"
  • 12. Let’s Look At Examples of Stressful Situations
  • 13. Late for appointment because of traffic…  Response -Became angry with other drivers  Changing it -Allow more time to get there  Adapting to it -The traffic delay is not your fault. It’s not the end of the world  Avoiding it -Can’t be avoided. Stop and notify the doctor if possible
  • 14. Family members were arguing with one another…  Response -Got mad at relatives. Felt lack of control.  Changing it -Tell them how much this upsets you. Help them work it out.  Adapting to it -This is not my problem.  Avoiding it -Leave room and do something else for a while.
  • 15. Paying bills…  Response -Felt overwhelmed.  Changing it -Get an extension on your bills.  Adapting to it -A day late won’t be a big deal. Don’t put it off for too long though.  Avoiding it -Sign up for automatic bill paying. Get help with it.
  • 16. There are so many ways to deal with stress…  Take a walk by the ocean  Listen to a favorite song at high volume  Drink a hot cup of tea  Find a quiet place  Go on a drive through the country  Write a friend a note or letter  Go see a fun, uplifting movie  Go visit with a favorite relative  Read a good book  Get a massage  Jump on a trampoline  Take a thirty minute nap  Take a LONG, hot bath  Volunteer some time for a good cause  Go for a sailboat ride  Get your hair cut and styled  Visit the local zoo or botanical gardens  Have a game night with family or friends  Eat a picnic outside  Do some bird watching  Take a walk in the rain  Learn to play a musical instrument  Go horseback riding  Get a pet  Take an art class  Go to a hands on craft store  Find some time and a place to just be alone  Write in a journal  Bake some bread or some cookies  Have a good, long laugh  Take time off from work