Stress Management Workshop

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Stressed out? Take a look at the SSTC Stress Management Workshop and get the tools you need to live a stress free life!

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Stress Management Workshop

  1. 1. Stress Management Workshop Presented by the Student Success and Tutoring Center
  2. 2. Stress is… tension felt when faced with a new, unpleasant or threatening situation.  an automatic physical reaction.  an unfortunate fact of life.  an emotion that can be controlled and managed with practice. What is Stress?
  3. 3. A major difference between those who feel overwhelmed by stress and those who do not is not the presence or absence of stress, but the ability to recognize stress when it occurs and to manage it. Managing Stress “Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think.” – Bill Clinton
  4. 4. Managing Stress
  5. 5. Over-stress reactions include a wide range of symptoms that can manifest through the following types of signs:  physical  emotional  behavioral  cognitive (thought process) Signs of Stress
  6. 6. Perspiration/sweaty hands Diarrhea/indigestion/vomiting Increased heart beat Butterflies in stomach Trembling Headaches Nervous ticks Sleeping problems Dryness of throat and mouth Pain in the neck or lower back Tiring easily Loss of appetite or overeating Urinating frequently Susceptibility to illness Physical Symptoms
  7. 7. Moodiness Anxiety Irritable or hostile Fearfulness Feelings
  8. 8. Stuttering and other speech difficulties Crying for no apparent reason Acting impulsively Laughing in a high pitch and nervous tone of voice Grinding your teeth Increasing smoking Increasing use of drugs and alcohol Losing your appetite or overeating Behaviors
  9. 9. Low self-esteem Fear of failure Inability to concentrate Embarrassing easily Worrying about the future Preoccupation with thoughts/tasks Forgetfulness Thoughts
  10. 10.  College is in itself inherently stressful.  Stress can have a major impact on a person’s happiness and sense of well-being.  Other sources of stress do not go away because you are attending college. College can be stressful
  11. 11.  Work, especially overwork and changes at work Loss of a family member, friend, pet Illness Birth of a child, demands of child-rearing Moving Travel Over-commitment, taking on too many tasks and obligations (Sound familiar?) Other Sources of Stress
  12. 12. If you are experiencing symptoms of serious stress overload, consider what you can do reduce your stress load. Reexamine your assumptions about how much you expect yourself to handle. Use time management strategies to prioritize and set limits, especially with you social calendar. Taking Control of Stressors
  13. 13. Many social obligations can be deferred. There are only so many hours in the day. People will understand when you tell them that you are overtaxed by the demands of college. Taking Control of Stressors: Social Obligations
  14. 14. Even after you've done what you can to control sources of stress, there will probably be "uncontrollable" stressors remaining. Taking Control of Stressors:
  15. 15. There are many ways you can support your ability to handle and recover from stress: 1) Get adequate sleep. o Seven or eight hours minimum on a regular schedule. o You may be used to operating on less sleep and an irregular schedule, but you can't handle stress as well in this mode. Support Yourself During Stress
  16. 16. 2) Exercise every day (at minimum, 3 times/week, 20-30 minutes). o Exercise releases endorphins which promotes calm and contentment. o Exercise discharges stress tension from the body. Support Yourself During Stress
  17. 17. 3) Eat three or more small to medium nutritious meals on a regular schedule. o Keep your eating moderate and avoid any drastic diets. o Take a standard multiple vitamin supplement to fill-in any nutritional gaps. o Drink a lot of water. Support Yourself During Stress
  18. 18. 4) Take care of your body by avoiding excess sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, etc. o All of these cause your system to 'crash'. Support Yourself During Stress
  19. 19. 5) Learn relaxation exercises or meditation o Listen to relaxing music. o Read for pleasure. Support Yourself During Stress
  20. 20. 6.) Maintain your perspective. o Keep an eye out for your unhelpful and untrue thoughts. ("I just can't do this.”) o Think through why these thoughts are incorrect and unhelpful, and adjust your perspective. ("If I just take one thing at a time, I'll accomplish my most important goals. But if I try to think about or do everything at once, I'll get overwhelmed.") Support Yourself During Stress
  21. 21. 7.) Use time management techniques to avoid becoming swamped. oMake lists, get a sense of accomplishment checking off tasks as you get things done. Support Yourself During Stress
  22. 22. 8.) Take care of yourself. oBe sure to have an emotional outlet. oTalk to others about the stress. (Everyone has or has had stress!) oSet aside time for yourself. Support Yourself During Stress If, after trying these suggestions, you still feel excessively over-stressed or run down, you may want to seek some professional advice.
  23. 23.  Take a few minutes to write down a couple of stressors in your life.  How can you work on dealing with these stressors? What do you think?
  24. 24. Please Contact Us Georgetown 520-1455 Conway 349-7872 Grand Strand 477-2113 Email: sstc@hgtc.edu Website: http://www.hgtc.edu/sstc
  25. 25.  HGTC-Student Success and Tutoring Center  University of Chicago  Brooklyn College  SUNY at Buffalo Credits

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