You know you're stressed when: The sun is too loud. Trees begin to chase you. You can see individual air molecules vibrating. Things become "very clear." Everything is "very clear, indeed." You begin to talk to yourself, then disagree about the subject, get into a nasty tiff over it, lose and refuse to speak to yourself for the next day. You keep yelling "Stop touching me!!!" even though you are the only one in the room. Antacid tablets become your sole source of nutrition. You have an irresistible urge to bite the noses of the people you are talking to. Losing your mind was okay, but when the voices in your head quieted, it was like losing your best friend. You wonder if brewing is really a necessary step for the consumption of coffee. Suddenly you can hear mimes.
You ask the drive-thru attendant if you can get your order to go. You can achieve a "runner's high" by just sitting up. You can see individual air molecules vibrating. You listen to your relaxation tapes on high speed. You call your voice mail from your car using your cell phone while driving to work to remind yourself of tasks to do during the day. Your e-mail notification tune is Taps. You call Time & Weather because that lady "really understands you." You take the "Don't Walk" sign personally. Your pager is set to stun. And from Beth ... Your Depends are only good for 15 minutes. Working a K-mart sale day sounds like a vacation in Tahiti. You break into the Ex-Lax in desperation for anything chocolate. A pre-dawn toaster fire, your evil stepchild's escaped pet tarantula alert and the arrival of the furniture-repo team are mere asides to the otherwise tooth-jarring routine.
And from Beth ... Your Depends are only good for 15 minutes. Working a K-mart sale day sounds like a vacation in Tahiti. You break into the Ex-Lax in desperation for anything chocolate. A pre-dawn toaster fire, your evil stepchild's escaped pet tarantula alert and the arrival of the furniture-repo team are mere asides to the otherwise tooth-jarring routine.
Homeostasis, Stress, and Adaptation
Homeostasis, Stress, and Adaptation
The goal of the interaction of the body’s subsystems is to produce a dynamic balance or steady state
Stress is a state produced by change in the environment
Adaptation is the adjustment to change
Stressors are threats to the steady state
The manner in which you choose to interpret, react to and handle a perceived stress can very often be far more damaging to you than the actual stress could ever be on its own.
Reaction to Stress Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. Greek Philosopher – Epictetus
Types of Stressors
Cold Heat Chemical agents
Fear of failing an examination
losing a job
Classification of Stressors
Day-to-day frustrations or hassles
Major complex occurrences involving large groups, even entire nations;
Stressors that occur less frequently and involve fewer people
Classification according to Duration
Acute, time limited stressor
Chronic intermittent stressor
Chronic enduring stressor
Stress as a stimulus for disease Adolph Meyer observed linked illness to critical life events Holmes and Rahe developed life events scales that assign numerical values, called life-changing units, to typical life events.
Psychological responses to stress
Appraisal of the Stressful event
Coping with the stressful event
I ndividuals respond differently to stress. Personality, general health and the support of friends and colleagues all affect this response. A group of people exposed to the same type of stressors may experience different health effects. Nonetheless, the body’s physical response to stress is generally the same for everyone. It is commonly known as the generalized stress response . Excessive stress has been associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive ailments, skin rashes, insomnia, nervous or emotional disorders, substance abuse and interpersonal and family dysfunction. As long as stressful experiences are brief and infrequent, the body quickly returns to normal. In nature, this phenomenon is known as the fight or flight reaction. But a person who is in a continuous state of stress throughout every working day may experience a wide variety of potential health effects.
Physiologic Response to Stress
General Adaptation Syndrome
Local Adaptation Syndrome
Maladaptive Responses to Stress
Alcohol and/or drug use
Stress at the cellular level
Control of the steady state
Disordered Immune Response
Cellular Response to Injury: Inflammation
Inflammation : defensive reaction intended to neutralize, control, or eliminate the offending agent and to prepare the site for repair.
present in many tissues of the body but is concentrated in the mast cells.
released when injury occurs and is responsible for the early changes in vasodilation and vascular permeability.
increase vasodilation and vascular permeability, attract neutrophils to the area.
another group of chemical substances, are also suspected of causing increased permeability.
Systemic Response to Inflammation
General non-specific symptoms develop, including malaise, loss of appetite, aching and weakness
TYPES OF INFLAMMATION
Acute : characterized by the local vascular and exudative changes described earlier and usually lasts less than 2 weeks.
Chronic : develops if injurious agent persists and the acute response is perpetuated.
Our goal is not to eliminate
stress but to learn how to
manage and use it
to help us.
Become aware of your stressors and your emotional and physical reactions.
Recognize what you can change.
Reduce the intensity of your emotional reactions to stress.
Learn to moderate your physical reactions to stress.
Build your physical reserves.
Maintain your emotional reserves.
Learn to Respond, Not React
Steps to Building a Positive Attitude Change Focus, Look for the Positive. Make a Habit of Doing it Now. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Get into a continuous education program. Build positive self-esteem. Stay away from negative influences. Learn to like the things that need to be done. Start your day with a positive. Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 6: Step 7: Step 8:
Evening Primrose Oil
Eat fresh foods
Eat regular meals
Resist the temptation to overeat
Eat a variety of foods
The acid/alkaline balance
Tips on Handling Stress
Work smarter, not harder.
Carry reading material with you.
Accept that time will be spent on activities outside your control.
Don’t dwell upon things not done.
Record daily activities, achievements, goals, sources of delay, and time waste to realize hidden opportunities.
Tips on Handling Stress
Always maintain a short-task list.
Continually ask yourself, “What is the best use of my time right now?”
Be physically active to relieve tension.
Make quick decisions.
Carefully mix work & breaks.
Have a positive attitude.
The Fifth Vital Sign
Pain classified by location
Pain classified by etiology
Pathophysiology of Pain
Factors influencing the pain response
Characteristics of Pain
Aggravating and alleviating factors
Visual Analogue Scales
Faces Pain Scale
Nurse’s Role in Pain Management
Pain Management Strategies
Routes of administration
Cutaneous stimulation and massage
Ice and heat therapies
Pain Management Strategies (cont’d)
Distraction, relaxation, guided imagery, and hypnosis