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1 Stress and the Non-Traditional Student
Acknowledging Challenges, Accepting Humanness to Go Beyond the Immediate into the Extraordinary Lynette Higgins-Donald, MSA Associate Faculty – Ashford University

2 Acknowledging Taking control of what is in your span/locus of control
Negatives Positives Acknowledging factors in life that are constant Acknowledging factors that are circumstantial (long term and short term effects/affects) i.e. divorce, children shuttled between two homes Taking control of what is in your span/locus of control Delegating Find a happy medium/balance ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

3 Accepting Reflective of previous situations “This too shall pass”
Positives Negatives Reflective of previous situations “This too shall pass” Find the Center Keep in mind what is most important What is the goal? Juggling I, I, I, I, I You, you, you, Escaping Blaming is an issue but giving up responsibility means you accept how someone else is handling the situation. ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

4 The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them A noun is a person, place, thing, idea, or event - re·al·i·ty rēˈalətē/ noun noun: reality The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them WHAT IS YOUR REALITY? ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

5 And now you are a STUDENT
A nontraditional student is not defined by AGE but by RESPONSIBILITY And now you are a STUDENT Homework, Study Time, Grades, GPA Tuition Incentives – Reimbursement, FA, Fear of Failure/Success – Short Term and Long Term ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

6 Coping Theories *Fight or Flight Response
Survival mode from a threat, danger, harm Signs: heart racing, sweat, fear, nervous, brain freezes body to ???? (Which way do I go? What am I going to do?) **General Adaption Syndrome (GAS) 3 Stages Alarm System (F/F) Adaptation (resistance) Exhaustion *Walter Bradford Cannon through Claude Bernard’s observation of homeostasis (How do your keep your mind when the whole world about you is losing theirs?) **Hans Selye ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

7 Life Theories *Hardiness (Commitment, Control, Challenge; your Attitude toward a life event) **Life Events (Situation strong; Resources weak/limited) Social (Support) Theory Dr. Suzanne Kobasa (1979); Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe (1967) , Gottlieb (1985) ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

8 Conclusion You are the Author You decide: Fight/Flight, GAS, or
Hardiness ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

9 Conclusion It’s okay to take a break
It’s okay to Acknowledge Challenges, Accept Humanness Go Beyond the Immediate Take yourself into the Extraordinary Cause and Effect ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014

10 Reference Fight-or-flight response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight-or-flight_response‎ General adaptation syndrome. (n.d.) Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. (2007). Retrieved from Lecture 8: Social Support ocw.jhsph.edu/.../soci...‎Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healt N. J. Hill (2013, January 17).Practice wisdom: The 3 c's of stress hardiness. Retrieved from practicewisdom.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-3-cs-of-stress-hardiness.html‎ ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2014


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