Managing Stress: SEFLIN Staff Development by Alyse Ergood

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Managing Stress: SEFLIN Staff Development by Alyse Ergood

  1. 1. By Alyse Ergood
  2. 2. Symptoms of stress Irritability or other changes in mood Short-tempered Inability to sleep (racing thoughts, unable to shut down mind) Unable to relax Change in diet
  3. 3. Additional signs of stress Mental and physical exhaustion Impatience Critical of others Rushing (including driving quickly) Feeling overwhelmed easily Judgment in personal and professional life
  4. 4. Identify stress sources Work and work situations School Finances Family responsibilities Relatives, aging or ill parents or relatives Relationships
  5. 5. Importance of managing stress Impedes our ability to perform and our effectiveness at work, etc. Stress can cause us to get sick (high blood pressure, other by products of stress). Leads to burn-out if left unmanaged. Interferes with the rest of our life:  Family  Friends  Our overall feelings of happiness and contentment
  6. 6. Techniques to reduce and cope with stress Take a deep breath and focus on your breathing when you are feeling stressed. Add positive visualization when possible. Positive self-talk. Read affirmations. Journal. Take regular breaks to walk it off.
  7. 7. Techniques to reduce and cope with stress Listen to relaxing music or read a meditation aloud. Learn relaxation techniques, stretch and/or do yoga. Reduce caffeine intake.
  8. 8. Get some down-time
  9. 9. Managing stress away from work Incorporate a regular , non-competitive exercise routine (swimming, walking, yoga) Avoid doing work at home. Engage in creative activities: cooking, dancing, drawing, gardening, beading, building) Limit your time thinking or ruminating over your stressful work day. Work stays at work. Socialize and cultivate laughter.
  10. 10. Effectively coping with and reducing stress Feel and identify your feelings (Caputo, 1991, page 107) Get perspective and objectivity on the stressful situation/s.  Support network: talk to someone at work, at home, or else a professional. Chunk down the stressful situations into more manageable parts. (Caputo, 1991,page 108) Recognize and accept control. (Caputo, 1009, page
  11. 11. Set manageable and observable goals at work. Reduce perfectionist tendencies. Implement boundaries and say no. Set limitations. Assert yourself through dialogue or other means. Reduce clutter. Attitude and behavior changes
  12. 12. Stress Management series of webinars by Andrew Sanderbeck The Stressed Out Series: Adjusting Your Attitude and Self-Talk to Stress The Stressed Out Series: Dealing With Stress in Others The Stressed Out Series: Long-Term Coping Strategies The Stressed Out Series: Short-Term Coping Strategies ety”: http://www.seflin.org/clp/index.cfm? fuseaction=BlendedLearning.courseListing&area_of_in terestID=35&
  13. 13. References Caputo, J.S. Individual coping: what can you do about burnout? Phoenix: The Oryx Press, 1991. Cunningham, B.J. The stress management sourcebook. Los Angeles: Lowell House, 2000. Google Images. www.googleimages.com accessed February 13, 2010. Osif, B.A. (2008). Stress Management. Library Administration Management 22 (4), 211-215. Pantry, S. Managing stress and conflict in libraries. London: Facet Publishing, 2007. Parker, H. Stress Management. Delhi: Global Media, 2007.

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