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Speech # 9

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D:\Documents And Settings\Sfabria\Desktop\Greg Toastmasters Speech

  1. 1. Toastmasters Speech #9 Take Control of the Stress before it Controls you!
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is Stress? </li></ul><ul><li>How stress affects your day to day life! </li></ul><ul><li>What are the symptoms of stress? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we deal with it? (Taking Control) </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Stress? <ul><li>The Health and Safety Executive defines stress as &quot;the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress can come from a variety of sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work-Related Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Pressures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marital Conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Dysfunction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too Many Changes Happening at the Same Time </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Impacts of Stress <ul><li>Ohio State University study : stress slows the body's metabolism of triglycerides </li></ul><ul><li>Triglycerides: type of fat linked to cardiovascular system disorders-Heart attacks. </li></ul><ul><li>By slowing the metabolism of triglycerides, stress allows the fat to remain in the blood longer, a factor that may speed up atherosclerosis development. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Stress Affects YOU! <ul><li>52 known physical and mental impacts from Stress including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>headaches, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>change in eating patterns, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>feelings of frustration or anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a loss of energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>general tiredness. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other health-related issues such as depression and anxiety, ulcers, digestion problems and many more. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Facts About Stress <ul><li>According to WebMD: </li></ul><ul><li>75-90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. </li></ul><ul><li>43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress </li></ul><ul><li>Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart Disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lung Ailments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cirrhosis of the Liver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Why should I worry? <ul><li>Do you want to spend your time in a doctor’s office when it can be avoided? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to have to take medication to battle symptoms? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to live your live feeling negative, out of control, with a reduced quality of life? </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to I identify Stress in my life? <ul><li>Warning Signs of Work Related Stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work overload </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job insecurity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties dealing with co-workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understaffing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental stress - e.g noise and heat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing work structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties dealing with clients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role ambiguity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor management practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inadequate resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A lack of control over how the work is done </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Take Control! <ul><li>Exercise and stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't overeat. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get enough sleep. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise regularly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit caffeine and alcohol. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't use nicotine, cocaine, or other recreational drugs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn/practice relaxation techniques like guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, tai chi, or meditation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take breaks from work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure to balance fun activities with your responsibilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend time with people you enjoy. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Take Control! <ul><li>Promote and practice your positive self talk </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter is the best medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize your time wasters </li></ul><ul><li>Review your time usage </li></ul><ul><li>Get organized </li></ul><ul><li>Control the telephone and email </li></ul>
  11. 11. In Conclusion <ul><li>Take the time to identify the stressors in your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Make some minor changes and start dealing with your stress TODAY! </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your stress before it controls you! </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Thank you for listening. </li></ul>

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