Ms. Sakshi Kaul
1. Stress – What is it?
2. Types of Stress
3. Types of Stressors
4. Stress Management -The Solution
5. Advantages and Disadvantages of Stress Management
6. Stress Control Strategy
7. Ways To Stress Less
WHAT IS STRESS??
• Stress is the reaction people have to excessive pressures or other
types of demand placed upon them. It arises when they worry that
they can’t cope.
• Stress is the “wear and tear” our minds and bodies experience as we
attempt to cope with our continually changing environment.
TYPES OF STRESS
• Negative Stress
It is a contributory factor in minor conditions, such as headaches, digestive
problems, skin complaints, insomnia and ulcers. Excessive, prolonged and
unrelieved stress can have a harmful effect on mental, physical and spiritual health.
• Positive Stress
Stress can also have a positive effect, spurring motivation and awareness, providing
the stimulation to cope with challenging situations. Stress also provides the sense
of urgency and alertness needed for survival when confronting threatening
• Stress management refers to the wide spectrum of techniques
and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's levels of stress,
especially chronic stress usually for the purpose of improving everyday
• In this context, the term 'stress' refers only to a stress with significant negative
consequences, rather than a stress whose consequences are helpful or otherwise
ADVANTAGES OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
• Business advantages of stress management:
Less absenteeism due to stress-related disorders , Less worker's compensation loss
due to stress-related illness or accidents , Improved job performance , Less stressful,
more efficient workplace , Improved employee attitude , Improved employee overall
• Health advantages of stress management:
Decreased stress-related symptoms , Improved sleep , Decreased anxiety ,
Decreased use of medications , reduced pain, increased ability to manage pain ,
Increased ability to relax physiologically , Increased sense of control and improved
• And many more…
DISADVANTAGES OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
• Stress can be a motivator. For example, if you’re stressed out because you have a
big assignment due, this may motivate you to work on it and complete it. The
stress can help you to put in your very best effort. If you're afraid of losing your
job, stress may encourage you to raise your own standards and make
improvements you most likely would not have made without the threat of
• The key for us all is to learn what strategies and behaviors help us to cope with
stress in a positive manner.
What causes you
How do you
There is a fine line
How much can
you cope with it
before it becomes
What can you do
to help yourself
of stress ?
WAYS TO STRESS LESS
regular moderate exercise has been shown to reduce stress and make us more
resistant to it.
2. Have fun
People who participate in sports and other leisure activities have lower blood
pressure and cortisol levels
3. Choose your Reaction
In every situation we have a choice : we can either let stress consume us or we can
see it as a new challenge and focus on the positive. Its best for our health and sanity
to choose the latter.
4. Relax wisely
Instead of spacing out in front of your television, go out for a walk ,do yoga or
dance in your living room
Try to get 7 to 8 hours sleep at night . If this isn’t possible , take a 10 minute nap
during the day ; any longer than that can disturb your sleep cycle.
In times of stress , we tend to take quick , shallow breaths . Try to focus on your
breathe and take longer, deeper breaths.
7. Worry…But only for 10 minutes
Set a timer and give yourself a limited time to worry. Think of all the possible
outcomes of the situation. Once the timer goes off , let it go and visualize the
8. Put things into perspective
Sometimes the things we stress over the most, won’t matter in 5 years . Think about
the big picture to help you turn mountains back into molehills.