2The Most Common Stress Buster Repeat As Often As Necessary BANGHEADHEREPlace On Firm SurfaceRepeat As Often As Necessary
3Stress is Unavoidable! What is stress? The result of harmful physical, chemical,or mental stimulus that occurs whenoutside influences are too great for the bodyto maintain its physiological balance.This leads to abnormal cascading effects and instability throughout the systems of the body which can cause a multitude of health issues.Stress is Unavoidable!
4DID YOU KNOW…? 88% of students experience moderate to high levels of stress.One-third of new professionals leave the job after the first five years because of the stressful challenges.
5Students Face Unique Circumstances. The ReasonStudents Face Unique Circumstances.Overcrowded ClassroomsPaperworkTesting pressuresAnxious parentsStressed-out friendsWomen should be especially alert to the overwhelming stress of wearing three hats--mom, wife, and student.
6Causes Of Students’ Stress TIME PRESSURESPersonal timeManaging household responsibilitiesKeeping up with informational technologyRed tapeWorkClass loadPaperworkFighting through trafficPaying the monthly billsStruggling with illness or disease
7The Path Your Body Takes Under StressIncreased respirationIncreased blood pressureIncreased heart rateA cold sweatPale faceTense muscles
8This can have a profound effect on your health EVERYTHING is processed by the brain, just like a computer.Stressful foodsStressful thoughtsStressful postural positionsThis can have a profound effect on your health
15Eliminate the 3 WHITES:White sugarWhite flourWhite salt
16What is Physical Stress? The sheering, compressive, or torque forces placed on an object.Beyond its physiological ability to maintain the balance and strength.Results in abnormal adaptations of the surrounding connective tissue.
17Causes of Physical Stress Accidents: sprains, strains, breaks, bruisesSurgeryBirthPunctures, bitesBurnsLong Term Diseases: HTN, Diabetes, CVDPoor posture
18Common Symptoms of Stress HeadacheRapid breathingFatigueFluctuations in energyTight musclesUpset stomach Sweaty palms Eyestrain Dry mouth Body aches and painsExhausted at End of DayAngerIsolationDepressionAnxietyIrritability/impatienceForgetfulness Difficulty concentratingLow self esteemDaydreamingMoodyInsomniaNervousChanges in eating patternsInability to relax Accident prone Alcohol/drug abuse Reckless driving Negative attitudeDecision MakingDecreased Productivity Hinders Exercise, Sports Interferes with Hobbies
19Stress Test Look at the following picture of a dolphin for 30 seconds. If you start to see more than one dolphin,YOU ARE UNDER TOO MUCH STRESSREADY?
20Almost every organ in our bodies can be affected HeartBrainKidneyStomachMusclesLiverLungsImmune System
21Long Term Effects of Stress Spinal column SubluxationMigrainesUlcersArthritisHeart diseaseOvereatingSmokingDepressionAsthmaImmune DisordersHigh blood pressureIncreased incidence of cancerRisk of alcohol or drug abusePsychological problemsDigestive disordersSelf-destructive behavior
23YOU GET A NEW BODY EVERY SEVEN YEARS A new set of lungs and a new stomach every week.A new stomach lining every 5 days.A new liver every 9 months.A new heart every 18 months.You Need FOODWATEROXYGENPROPER NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION
24The first symptom in 40% of heart attacks is: DEATH84% of cancer patients have no symptoms.
25Physical Events That Occur Are THOUGHTS First It Is Important To Manage Your ThoughtsAnxieties Manifest Through theBodySo, think positive, empowering thoughts
26Stress Busters Breathing Drink water Blink Chew gum Take a time out Write a “To do” listNo heavy foods, sugars, coffeeStay in the present momentNo news or radio for one weekLaughExercise
27Deal With Stress IDENTIFY your stressors BRAINSTORM for eliminating stressorsCOPE with remaining stressTAKE ACTIONKEEP YOUR FOCUS
28IDENTIFY your stressors Work-related StressChange in the WorkplaceUnclear Job ResponsibilitiesHeavy WorkloadRole ConflictsSlow Career ProgressLimiting Management StylesPoor Working ConditionsFamily Problems
29Examine what causes you stress by identifying your personal stressors. Look for patterns of events or people. Is it a particular worker or supervisor, or some other work condition?Focus on the stressors that you have the best opportunity to change.Accept those stressors that you cannot change
30Making changes is actually not as hard as it may seem. Figure out what's ticking you off: Conduct a stress audit.Sit down with paper and pencil and make note of situations that fray your nerves.Make good use of good stress and learn to eliminate or manage your response to bad stress.
31Don't waste time on what you can't control; look openly at everything--your commute, your lunch hour, your reactions.Once you uncover your most likely stressors, you can adopt solutions that bring greater peace.
32BRAINSTORM for eliminating stressors Brainstorm for ideas by thinking about the many ways you can fix the problem. For example, if you are unsure about your job responsibilities, ask you employer for clarificationPrioritize your ideas, starting with those that you can use right a way.Break down each idea into action steps
33COPE with remaining stress POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDEStress is a part of life, but if you choose to respond to these stresses by REASON instead of FEAR, you will manage your stresses in a healthier way.The brain doesn’t care what kind of stress is coming in; it has to process it. If you go around with a negative attitude, it’s going to affect the nervous system, and it’s going to be delivered into your body. Watch out for Stinkin’ Thinkin’.
34THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT The physical events that occur are thoughts first. Therefore, it is important to manage your thoughts.Thoughts can create anxieties, high blood pressure, cancers, etc. They manifest themselves through the nervous system. The brain is like a computer. If I touch you with a finger vs. a hot poker, your brain is going to process this differently. If you drink paint, and you drink water, the brain is going to process this differently.
35Can you avoid stress? Sorry, no. But you can manage it. The most important thing to learn about stress is that it's often not the external events that are stressful, but how you perceive them.And perception is entirely under your control.Think empowering thoughts about where you’d like to go, or what you’d like to do, and all the good possibilities that can occur in your life.Learn how to take action if you are a procrastinator.
36CHOOSE YOUR VALUESStress comes from not doing things in alignment with one’s values; doing things for the wrong reasons.What is a value? A value is what is most important to you in life. Do a “Value Search”.If you can line your values with what you are doing everyday, you will wake up knowing that you are heading in a direction that you really want to go.You have one life to live. Don’t you want to do the things that you love to do?
37When is the last time that you went outside and looked up at the trees, smelled the flowers, and felt thankful for what you’ve got?When’s the last time you went to a hospital and saw a little kid without any legs, or someone with tubes coming out of every part of their body? Be glad for what you have.We’re always focusing on the negative “fews” instead of the positive “manys”.
38We keep chasing after the things we don’t have We keep chasing after the things we don’t have. We live in an acquisition society. If you keep thinking that someday you’ll HAVE, and then you’ll DO, and then you’ll BE, take another look.Think about what you want, and what is most important to you in your life. What are your values? Love, security, peace of mind, happiness, fun? Decide what your values are, and direct your actions towards those types of things. It’s an important part of your health.
39APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE The next time you are bored for a whole weekend, tape your eyes shut, and live like a blind person for one day. Some people don’t have a choice. If you can only stand to tape your eyes closed for ten minutes, do it. Then tell me how the flowers look, and what you see, and what you appreciate, and tell me where your stress levels are. The brain processes it all.
40Wake up in the morning saying, “What could I see today that would be wonderful? What could I do to help someone else, and have fun doing it?”Get a list of empowering questions that you can read to yourself every morning.In this world, there are accidents, deaths, and divorces, and you may start to look at life as a downer. So think about what you can be happy about, and most proud of.How does that make you feel?
41EMPOWERING THOUGHTSAs you ask yourself empowering questions, you’ll get empowering answers. As your stress levels deplete, you’ll decrease stresses in your life, and decrease stresses in your body.Problem-solving questions will move you forward to solutions. What questions could I ask myself to ensure positive answers and positive results?
42TAKE ACTIONAfter you do a value search, find out what you really want. Then think about if your actions are really going towards that, or away from it? Then, take action.
43Managing stress in your daily life takes planning and persistence. There is no quick fix for resolving most stressful situations.Although some stressful situations can't be changed, many more are within your control.To lower our level of stress, you need to identify possible solutions that work best for you.
44Take an active role in managing your stress. Find a balance between work and family, and accept the support of friends and co-workers.Develop strategies for dealing with change, and maintain a positive attitude when confronted with stressful conditions at work and at home.How effectively you deal with stress in your workplace influences the amount of stress in your daily life.
45Are you happy where you’re at? The more stress you place on your brain, the more stress gets thrown into your body, the more stress you get.
46KEEP YOUR FOCUSThe last thing to work on is your focus. Focus is everything. Everything we do in our life is based on our focus.If you want to make a change, it won’t happen overnight or all at once.If you make tons of goals, you won’t have focus. If you try to just gain one little thing every thirty days, imagine where you’ll be in one year.
47Focus on one thing a month Focus on one thing a month. If you put your focus on just making one little improvement, moving forward in one little way, you’ll make progress.Focus on making just one little change personally, professionally, socially, spiritually, or physically.
48What kind of questions do you ask yourself every day? Do you wake up every Monday morning asking yourself, “Why do I have to go to work today?”This leads to a series of negative thoughts about why you don’t want to do something that you are going to do.But, we never really do anything that we don’t really want to do. There’s a reason that you want to go to work… focus on that.
49The world isn’t necessarily always wonderful, but there is a lot around us that we tend to delete because of the focuses we have.If we focus on one thing, we delete another thing.
50Look around and see what thing in this room is blue for five seconds Look around and see what thing in this room is blue for five seconds. Now close your eyes.List everything in the room that is GREEN.Do you focus on all the bad things that are in your life? Do you focus on the things that you can’t do? As you focus, so will your body be directed to think and act. And whatever you believe, you’re going to get.
51Don’t think of where you need to go, picture yourself there.