Presentation on theme: "Jessica DiVento, Psy.D. Sarah Chipps, M.A. Counseling and Psychological Services University of San Francisco."— Presentation transcript:
Jessica DiVento, Psy.D. Sarah Chipps, M.A. Counseling and Psychological Services University of San Francisco
Overview Self-care assessment What is stress? Noticing the signs of stress How to optimize stress Stress management techniques and planning Stress reduction activities
Activity: Self-Care Assessment Assessing strengths and weaknesses in your current stress-management routines
Who’s Stressed? A 2008 study found that 1 in 5 undergrads is “constantly stressed.” Nearly 4 in 10 reported they endure stress “often.” 1 in 5 say they have felt too stressed to do schoolwork or be with friends.
Types of Stress Negative Stress: stress that comes from difficult or distressing situations: Taking a test Going into debt Stepping in dog poo Positive Stress: stress that comes from happy or exciting situations: New relationship Throwing a party Winning the lottery
What is Stress? Type 1 Stress: Acute Stress— “in the moment,” doesn’t usually interfere with daily functioning: Missing the bus First kiss with a new partner Type 2 Stress: Chronic Stress—long-term, interferes with daily functioning: Dealing with chronic illness Consistent financial hardship
How Stress Affects the Body: Mind Body Interaction When you change the mind, you affect the body, and when you change the body, you affect the mind!
The Psychobiology of Stress: Fight or Flight Response
Noticing Signs of Stress Somatic signs (last slide) Grinding teeth Biting nails Shaking legs Fidgeting Difficulty concentrating Inability focus Spacing out Irritability Short temper Constant fatigue Craving bad foods Headaches Eye twitching Stomach cramps/GI problems Tense/achy muscles Daydreaming Anger Crying “for no reason”