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  • Good Morning Everybody Thank you for coming our seminar on Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques
  • Stress Management plays a very important role in my life as 5 years ago I was diagnosed with a Malignant Cancer and the chances of this metastasis were very high, and survival very low. Fortunately thanks to my knowledge of Chinese medicine and its philosophy – I knew that managing my stress and my emotions was going to be paramount to my survival.
  • The Objectives of our session today…. A very Brief introduction What we would like to to do today is let you experience a couple of techniques which you may want to take home with you to use in moments of stress So we can leave you relaxed and recharged
  • Perhaps you can relate to some of these sintoms… Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) There are many underlying causes of IBS but stress undoubtedly plays an important part in it. A research done shows that none of the patients with IBS improves when treated in the continuing presence of stress but patients removed from the same stress factor were found to improved by more than 50% in their symptoms. Heart attack and High Blood Pressure With constant exposure to stress, rising blood pressure has been reported. High blood pressure puts undue stress on the blood vessel walls, which may burst, and cause a stroke.  It also over pressures the circulatory system and puts an unhealthy strain on the heart, which in turn greatly contributes to the occurrence of heart attacks. By reducing stress and lowering blood pressure you can greatly lower the risk of stroke and heart attack Ulcers Though ulcers may not be directly caused by stress, it is a stress related illness. Under stress, excessive stomach acids may be excreted that can destroy the lining of the stomach. Stress also tenses and contracts the muscles of the stomach as it does the rest of the body and prevents proper digestion of food. Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is an illness that results from a disorder in the body’s immune system. Stress is known to affect the immune system and as such, it is believed that stress may aggravate and add to the severity of the arthritis. Insomnia and Chronic fatigue The release of stress hormone under influence of stress will stimulate the brain preparing it to response to the external stressor. Under constant or prolonged stress, the elevated level of stress hormones tend to keep the brain in an alert state and this causes the person to have difficulty going to sleep. When this continues, without proper sleep for a prolonged period, the person will be exhausted leading ultimately to chronic fatigue, which is a commonly seen physical symptoms of stress Obesity People who are under stress tend to indulge in comfort eating. This may serve to relieve them of some stress making them able to enjoy and relax for a while. However, constant and excessive intake of food results in weight gain that in severe cases leads to obesity. This in turn may further causes the development of more physical illnesses related to stress like heart problem, diabetes, arthritis and so on. Cancer Though not scientifically proven to have a direct link to stress, it is believed that stress is a major factor that causes many different types of cancer. The reason being that stress weakens the immune system, which makes our body more susceptible to the “invasion” by cancer cells. Muscle aches Tightness in your muscles occurs during periods of stress. This occurs to enable you to move and be coordinated. However, an extended period of stress can result in sore muscles
  • Many definitions
  • Not all bad Good vs Bad Stress Stress can be Positive, Stimulating, Motivating, Enhance Performance As stress is ACUMULATIVE if we take on more responsibilities that we can handle (or add other problems eg relation ship) , OR maintained an high level of stress for a prolonged period (Cant eat cant sleep) start overwhelmed, BLOCKED?, impact our performance – Distress
  • There are many different definitions of stress, more comonly relating to the feeling or sensation of strain or tension. Instinctive defence mechanism used for survival. Triggers host Physiological changes in the BODY so the person can defend itself against the threat .
  • Defence Response = Fight or Flight (or Freeze) If a lion was running towards you – your body would prepare for fight or flight or freeze
  • Relate – palpitaions, heart beating hard and fast, hiper tension, risk of strokes, So where does the blood come from It takes if from those Organs that are NOT ESSENTIAL in this critical moment of survival Brain Inhibited functioning of the organs – not essential in this moment Animal Kingdom and in humans the Recovery is normally fairly Quick Nature these situations don’t last for a long time. PROBLEM IS Modern world = Constant Stress… Threats don’t correlate with such a survival response
  • If you reduce your levels of stress, or make breaks between the stress, your body will be able to recuperate – wont accumulate you will lower your risk of cancer and heart disease..
  • Social and External Factors
  • We have looked at how stress can impact our health So now is your choice, you can do something to reduce your level of stress or you can just be a victim of it. We will have a glance over the thinks we can do to manage stress.
  • To finalize the speech we will do a final relaxation. The star relaxation
  • Good Morning Everybody Thank you for coming our seminar on Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques
  • IMEX 2010 Seminar Presentation: Stress Management web

    1. 1. Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques Brought to you by
    2. 2. We believe that healthy people make healthy organisations ….
    3. 3. <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What its means to our Bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What causes Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways we can manage our stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relaxed </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Stress
    6. 6. <ul><li>Headache </li></ul><ul><li>Tension and muscle aches </li></ul><ul><li>Ulcers </li></ul><ul><li>Insomnia </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Irritable bowel syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Palpitations </li></ul><ul><li>High Blood Pressure </li></ul>Do any of these resonate with you?
    7. 7. What is Stress?
    8. 8. Performance DISTRESS EUSTRESS (Good Stress) Good vs Bad Stress Stress
    9. 10. Fight or Flight or Freeze
    10. 11. What happens to our bodies?
    11. 12. <ul><li>Inhibited Function Organs </li></ul><ul><li>Brain </li></ul><ul><li>Organs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digestive system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reproductive system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immune system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skin </li></ul><ul><li>Prolonged stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insomnia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digestive problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ulcers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diarrhoea </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constipation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Infertility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low immunity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic pain and tension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally - Exhaustion & Disease </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>“ Your ability to reduce stress has a direct affect on your ability to lower your risk for diseases, especially cancer and heart disease.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nevada Cancer Institute </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Causes of Stress?
    14. 15. <ul><li>What Causes Stress? </li></ul><ul><li>S ocial Factors </li></ul><ul><li>T houghts and perception </li></ul><ul><li>E nvironmental Factors </li></ul><ul><li>P hysiological Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulate </li></ul>
    15. 16. Managing Stress
    16. 17. Balanced Lifestyle Change Causes Developing skills ATTITUDE Managing Stress
    17. 18. <ul><li>Relaxation Techniques </li></ul>
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