Stress is often termed as atwentieth century syndrome,born out of mans race towards modern progress and its ensuing complexities. - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
WHAT IS STRESS? Stress is your mind and body’sresponse or reaction to a realor imagined threat, event or change. The threat, event or change are commonly called stressors. Stressors can be internal (thoughts, beliefs, attitudes or external (loss, tragedy, change).
If you find yourself in similarsituation…yes you are under stress!!!
SIGNS OF STRESSPhysical SignsMental SignsBehavioral SignsJob Stress Signs
Insomnia Loss of mental concentration Absenteeism Depression Substance abuse Extreme anger and frustration Family conflict Migraine, Headaches and back problems
CAUSES OF STRESS Heavy workload High Performance Demand Bad Boss Workplace Culture Personal or Family Problems Technology
LEVEL OF STRESS EUSTRESS: Eustress or positive stress occurs when your level of stress is high enough to motivate you to move into action to get things accomplished. DISTRESS: Distress or negative stress occurs when your level of stress is either too high or too low and your body and/or mind begin to respond negatively to the stressors.
STAGES OF STRESS ALARM STAGE: As you begin to experience a stressful event or perceive something to be stressful psychological changes occur in your body. This experience or perception disrupts your body’s normal balance and immediately your body begins to respond to the stressor(s) as effectively as possible.Example: • Cardiac - increased heart rate • Respiratory - increased respiration • Skin - decreased temperature • Hormonal - increased stimulation of adrenal genes which produce an adrenal rush.
Contd. RESISTANCE STAGE: During this stage your body tries to cope or adapt to the stressors by beginning a process of repairing any damage the stressor has caused. Your friends, family or co- workers may notice changes in you before you do so it is important to examine their feedback to make sure you do not reach overload.
Contd. Examples: Emotional indicators • Behavior indicators include: include: lack of • tearfulness enthusiasm for family, • fear school, work or life in • anxiety general, withdrawal, • panic change in eating habits, • guilt insomnia, hypersomnia, • agitation anger, fatigue. • depression • Cognitive Indicators • overwhelmed. include: poor problem solving, confusion, nightmares, hyper- vigilance.
Contd.• EXHAUSTION STAGE During this stage the stressor is not being managed effectively and the body and mind are not able to repair the damageExample: Digestive disorders, headaches, tension, insomnia, loss of temper.
The cost of ignoring stress Work-related stress can result in high levels of employee turnover. Experiencing stress are more likely to make poor decisions and casual errors. Relationships may deteriorate. Stress has proven to be fatal Stress causes aging
Stress Management Plan Identify Stressors Determine your reactions Techniques currently used Techniques to add or change
I’m in control - distress relief strategiesFeeling good about yourselves can be an effective buffer against stress. Eliminate unnecessary worries.Most worries are either passed on to us by another or conjured up in our imagination. GET PHYSICALRelax neck and shouldersTake a stretchGet a massageExercise GET MENTALCount to 10Control your thoughtsFantasizeCongratulate yourselfIgnore the problem if appropriate, after evaluationPerform self maintenance Talk to a counselor
Contd. GET SPIRITUALMeditatePrayRemember your purpose USE YOUR BODY AND MIND TOGETHERTake a breakGet hug therapyTry progressive relaxationTry yogaTry aroma therapyLaugh DEVELOP NEW SKILLS Prioritize daily tasks Learn something Practice a hobby
Reference:• “Whatis Stress” Web Site. http//www.teachhealth.com• How to reduce and relieve stress “Web Site. http//www.family.com• “Stress Relievers” Web Site. http//www.residentassistant.com
So enjoy your life as it comes………..and always be happy Preethi Selvaraj I M.B.A(GA)