What is Stress?Physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on onething by another; strain. -Dictionary.comStress is your bodys way of responding toany kind of demand. It can be caused byboth good and bad experiences. – MountainState, Centre for independent living.Stress is a condition or feeling experiencedwhen a person perceives that demandsexceed the personal and social resources theindividual is able to mobilize. - Richard SLazarus
Stress Affectsour Body System When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if their stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.
Stressors Perception Fear of Being Laid off Traffic Environmental factors Work Overload Bad Habits and negative attitude to work Internet/ information overload Gadgets Bad news Friends and Family
The Stress TestAnswer ‘O’ for often. ‘S’ for sometimes, or ‘R’ for rarely or neverDo you… __ regret being angry or short-tempered with others? __ feel like your emotions are getting the best of you? __ use alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to cope with stress(prescription, counter, or street drugs)? __ have sleep problems (either sleep too much or not getting enough restful sleep)? __ feel like things are overwhelming or out of control? __ laugh or smile less than you used to?
Self Assessment If you have answered often or sometimes to three or more of those questions, it may be time to address your stress.
Stress Response Symptoms Relaxation techniqueOverexcited You tend to become angry, You may respond best to agitated, or keyed up under relaxation techniques that stress quiet you down, such as meditation, deep breathing, or guided imageryUnder excited You tend to become You may respond best to depressed, withdrawn, or relaxation techniques that spaced out under stress are stimulating and that energize your nervous system, such as rhythmic exerciseFrozen (both overexcited You tend to freeze: speeding Your challenge is to identifyand under excited at the up in some ways while relaxation techniques thatsame time – slowing down in others provide both safety and stimulation to help you “reboot” your system. Techniques such as mindfulness walking or power yoga might work well for you
Stress ManagementHOW TO REDUCE, PREVENT, AND COPE WITH STRESS Identify the sources of stress in your life Look at how you currently cope with stress Avoid unnecessary stress Alter the situation Adapt to the stressor Accept the things you can’t change Make time for fun and relaxation Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Stress Management Deal with Stress In healthy ways Meditation and Journaling Assertive Training Have Clear Goals Make a to do list / Set a Schedule Avoid Procrastination Ask for Help Log off
Final note…“Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you dont dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life”