Negative Effects of Stress shared by Dr Jennifer Martinick
Stress ManagementStress Management
Presented by the Tomás Rivera Center
Arranged by Dionne S. Davila, M.A
What Is StressWhat Is Stress
Stress is the body’s automatic response toStress is the body’s automatic response to
any physical or mental demand placed on it.any physical or mental demand placed on it.
Adrenaline is a chemical naturally producedAdrenaline is a chemical naturally produced
in our body as a response to stress .in our body as a response to stress .
Fight or Flight response is illicited.Fight or Flight response is illicited.
Is All Stress Bad?Is All Stress Bad?
Moderate levels of stress may actuallyModerate levels of stress may actually
improve performance and efficiencyimprove performance and efficiency
Too little stress may result in boredomToo little stress may result in boredom
Too much stress may cause anToo much stress may cause an
unproductive anxiety levelunproductive anxiety level
Identifying StressorsIdentifying Stressors
Situations, activities, andSituations, activities, and
relationships that cause ‘trauma’ torelationships that cause ‘trauma’ to
one’s physical, emotional, orone’s physical, emotional, or
psychological selfpsychological self
Negative Effects of StressNegative Effects of Stress
1. Physical1. Physical
- Weight gain/lossWeight gain/loss
- Unexpected hair lossUnexpected hair loss
- Heart palpitationsHeart palpitations
- High blood pressureHigh blood pressure
2. Emotional2. Emotional
- Mood swingsMood swings
- Can lead to depressionCan lead to depression
• Can also lead to unhealthy copingCan also lead to unhealthy coping
strategies (i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc)strategies (i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc)
Other Helpful tipsOther Helpful tips
Changing perceptions and expectationsChanging perceptions and expectations
Break jobs/tasks into manageable partsBreak jobs/tasks into manageable parts
Set reasonable/realistic goalsSet reasonable/realistic goals
Avoid procrastinationAvoid procrastination
Set boundariesSet boundaries
Don’t compromise your values/beliefsDon’t compromise your values/beliefs
Schedule “me” timeSchedule “me” time
Benefits of Stress ManagementBenefits of Stress Management
Physical health gets betterPhysical health gets better
-more energy and stamina-more energy and stamina
Emotions stabilizedEmotions stabilized
-positive attitude-positive attitude
Ability to focus improvedAbility to focus improved
-able to learn and achieve-able to learn and achieve
Our brain fires electrical waves at 14 or moreOur brain fires electrical waves at 14 or more
cycles a second.cycles a second.
These areThese are betabeta waves and are great for gettingwaves and are great for getting
tasks done, but not for learning new things.tasks done, but not for learning new things.
Taking a few minutes to relax deeply slows yourTaking a few minutes to relax deeply slows your
brain waves down.brain waves down.
These slower waves areThese slower waves are alphaalpha waves.waves.
They occur at between 7 and 14 cycles a secondThey occur at between 7 and 14 cycles a second
Studies showStudies show alphaalpha waves improve learning.waves improve learning.
----”OnCourse” by Skip Downing----”OnCourse” by Skip Downing
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