Stress Management Making Stress Work for You- A Recap of Our LINKS Presentation www.LinksYouth.org
What Makes You Stressed? <ul><li>Homework? </li></ul><ul><li>Sisters /brothers? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents? </li></ul><ul><...
Your stress is REAL! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
What is Stress? <ul><li>Few human conditions receive so much credit… and blame as stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress is a fa...
Fight-Or-Flight? <ul><li>Your body responds to stressors by getting ready to act.  </li></ul><ul><li>This is called your “...
Balance <ul><li>Finding and maintaining balance is key to managing the tremendous pressure of modern life. </li></ul><ul><...
Positive vs. Negative <ul><li>Negative stress, or  distress  is a stress that may prevent you from doing what you need to ...
Your Body in Survival Mode: <ul><li>You might feel:  </li></ul><ul><li>Sweaty palms </li></ul><ul><li>Knots in stomach </l...
People have different ways of reacting to the pressure. <ul><li>Do you think these reactions to mental stress are ultimate...
We all have a choice on how we  manage  stress. <ul><li>The key is to be aware of how we individually react to stress (pos...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Put your body in motion! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get physically active!  </li></ul></ul>...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Fuel Up! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat regular meals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give your...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>LOL! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laughter and fun are truly the best medicine!  </li></ul></...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Hang with friends! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social interaction can be a great diversion. ...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Spill to someone you trust! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to someone you feel comfortable...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Take time to chill! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do something relaxing that you enjoy: readin...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Catch some ZZZZZZs! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue exaggerates stress. </li></ul></ul><...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Keep a journal! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down your thoughts and possible solutions....
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Lend a hand! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved in an activity that helps others. </li...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Get it together! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are feeling overwhelmed and distressed y...
Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Learn Relaxation Techniques! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop, drop and breathe!  </li></ul>...
Ask for help!!! <ul><li>If you have tried coping strategies and you are still feeling  distressed , please talk to someone...
Credits <ul><li>Information for this presentation came from:  Links – North Shore Youth Health Service </li></ul><ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. Stress Management Making Stress Work for You- A Recap of Our LINKS Presentation www.LinksYouth.org
  2. 2. What Makes You Stressed? <ul><li>Homework? </li></ul><ul><li>Sisters /brothers? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents? </li></ul><ul><li>Friends? </li></ul><ul><li>Sports? </li></ul><ul><li>Performing? </li></ul><ul><li>Time management? </li></ul><ul><li>Your body? </li></ul><ul><li>Sickness? </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Your stress is REAL! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
  4. 4. What is Stress? <ul><li>Few human conditions receive so much credit… and blame as stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress is a fact of life. We need a certain amount of stress in our daily lives to function well, keep us sharp and on task. Stress is your body’s response to changes around you. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fight-Or-Flight? <ul><li>Your body responds to stressors by getting ready to act. </li></ul><ul><li>This is called your “fight-or-flight” response because your body prepares to fight the stressor or flee from it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Balance <ul><li>Finding and maintaining balance is key to managing the tremendous pressure of modern life. </li></ul><ul><li>An event that is stressful to you may not even faze your best friend. People experience and handle pressure in different ways. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important that you know what ‘stresses you out’ and how you can cope with these issues. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Positive vs. Negative <ul><li>Negative stress, or distress is a stress that may prevent you from doing what you need to do or that causes you discomfort. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive stress, eustress is stress that can help you to accomplish your goals. When you are excited, challenged and motivated, this is eustress. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Your Body in Survival Mode: <ul><li>You might feel: </li></ul><ul><li>Sweaty palms </li></ul><ul><li>Knots in stomach </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Increased heart rate </li></ul><ul><li>Anxious </li></ul><ul><li>The Cause: </li></ul><ul><li>Glands kick into gear </li></ul><ul><li>Stress hormones in blood stream </li></ul><ul><li>Adrenalin at work </li></ul>
  9. 9. People have different ways of reacting to the pressure. <ul><li>Do you think these reactions to mental stress are ultimately good or bad for a person? </li></ul><ul><li>Fight back and take action </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to someone about your feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to music </li></ul><ul><li>Play a sport </li></ul><ul><li>Slam a door or yell </li></ul><ul><li>Withdraw from friends and family </li></ul><ul><li>Act happy and deny that anything is wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Drink or get high </li></ul><ul><li>Eat </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Hit a pillow </li></ul>
  10. 10. We all have a choice on how we manage stress. <ul><li>The key is to be aware of how we individually react to stress (positive and negative) and develop strategies to gain self control. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Put your body in motion! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get physically active! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It clears your head and it is good for your body! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Fuel Up! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat regular meals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give your body healthy food and the food that it needs to get through the day. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid energy jolts from sugar and caffeine. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>LOL! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laughter and fun are truly the best medicine! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch a funny movie or joke with friends. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crying can also make you feel better. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Hang with friends! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social interaction can be a great diversion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do something positive as a group- everyone will benefit! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Spill to someone you trust! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to someone you feel comfortable with and respect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t keep your feelings bottled up inside. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking about your problems may help you see things from a different point of view. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others can help you figure out ways to deal with your problems. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Take time to chill! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do something relaxing that you enjoy: reading, TV, video games, music, a hobby, writing, drawing, putting a puzzle together, playing cards or games, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Catch some ZZZZZZs! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue exaggerates stress. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You might feel tired or cranky, or you may have trouble thinking clearly when you are sleep deprived. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Keep a journal! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down your thoughts and possible solutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self reflection can be a positive tool to help understand your feelings. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Lend a hand! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved in an activity that helps others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The feelings you get from volunteering may be greater than you can imagine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It may also put your stress in perspective. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Get it together! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are feeling overwhelmed and distressed you may need to take time to get organized . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down what needs to be done. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attack one task at a time instead of procrastinating. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Finding Success Over Stress <ul><li>Learn Relaxation Techniques! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop, drop and breathe! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relaxation exercises and meditation, breathing and yoga can be a huge help! </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Ask for help!!! <ul><li>If you have tried coping strategies and you are still feeling distressed , please talk to someone. The strength of friendship can be a powerful tool in your success over stress! For more info on who to go to for help: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www1.northbrook28.net/%7Ewconcklin/healthsite/Need_Help.html </li></ul>
  23. 23. Credits <ul><li>Information for this presentation came from: Links – North Shore Youth Health Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1779 Maple Street, Northfield, IL 60093 Ph: 847-441-6191 www.LinksYouth.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We thank Links for their volunteer service every year! </li></ul></ul>

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