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  • Certainly, loss of a loved one is a primary cause of grief and loss reactions.
    Loss of a spouse through death or divorce
    Loss of a parent or child through death or divorce
    Loss of a family member or friend
    Miscarriage
    Loss of your beloved.
  • Some common principles around Loss.,
    • loss is a constant part of life.
    • more than bereavement.
    • grief responses are individual.
    • grief can be communal.
    • culturally determined.
    • People feel less confidence following a significant loss
    • It is best to leave grieving people alone
    • You never laugh if you're really grieving
    • Mourners feel better after the funeral
    • Men and women grieve differently
    • Children and teenagers don't show their grief like adults
  • Loss
    Being parted from someone who or something that a person values.
    Grief
    Complex emotional response to loss: including sadness, anger, helplessness, guilt, despair.
    Grief and loss can be said to be part of every human life although the meaning of this experience and responses to it are unique.
    Each of us will grieve in our own unique way for the unique loss that we have suffered. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.
  • Some of the adolescent losses
    Chance (more or less)
    • death
    • separation, divorce
    • moving house
    • illness/accident -self/others
    • natural disaster
    • victim of crime
    • financial change
    • loss of pet
    • birth of sibling
    Developmental
    • separation
    • school changes
    • friends move
    • growing older
    Private
    • trust
    • missing out on team
    • victim of bullying
    • school failure
    • realizing you’re different
    • failure to live up to expectations
    • ‘ugly' teenager
    • betrayed by friend
    Deprivation/neglect
    • child abuse, poverty
    • unresponsive parenting
    • lack of stability
    • Homelessness
  • Mourning
    • Acceptance of reality of the loss,
    • Work through the pain,
    • Adjust to the environment when someone or something is no longer there,
    • Emotionally relocate what is lost and try to move on with life.,
    Whatever happens LIFE would have to move on.
  • Responses to grief & loses
    Physical responses
    • Weakness, loss of appetite/comfort eating, feelings of choking, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, dry mouth, gastrointestinal disturbances
    • Increased alcohol intake, smoking excessively
    • Fatigue, exhaustion and insomnia
    • Excessive tearfulness/not crying at all
    • Increased vulnerability to physical & mental illness
  • Cognitive responses
    • Preoccupation with the deceased
    • Having conversations with the deceased
    • Starting to prepare the dinner when deceased would usually come home
    • Picking up the telephone to tell them something
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • complete lapses of focus or orientation to time/person/place
    • Difficulty remembering (short term memory)
    • Seeking or longing for the lost person/object
  • Behavioural responses
    • Inability to perform basic activities of daily living
    • Washing & dressing
    • Communication
    • Eating and drinking
    • Disorganised behaviour
    • Inability to cope with children
    • Neglecting household chores
    • Not paying bills
    • Intense sense of isolation
  • Affective Responses
    • Sadness, loneliness, hopelessness
    • Intense irritability, little tolerance
    • Anger
    Anger at family & friends, at the deceased, God, the world, yourself
    • Guilt: the starring role
    At what we did/didn’t do
    • Range of emotions are wide, everyone will experience different ones
  • Some common principles around grieving.,
    • grieving is normal.
    • dealing with loss is an individual, mostly private, possibly lonely process.
    • losses rarely exist alone.
    • young people are limited by experience and options.
    • it is a privilege to be invited into the experience of loss of an adolescent.
    • loss threatens our sense of safety and trust.
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in what dies inside us while we live. 
    Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
    The greatest danger, that of losing one's own self, may pass off quietly as if it were nothing; every other Loss, that of an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.
    One should never be sexually involved with anyone one genuinely cares for. A sexual relationship guarantees a Loss.
  • I finally understand what life is about:
    It is about losing everything. Losing the baby who becomes a child, the child who becomes an adult, like the trees loose their leaves. So every morning we must celebrate what we have.