Presentation on theme: "Dr Jim White Session 1 What is stress?. No discussion of personal problems Each week teaches you new skills These skills are all pieces of the jigsaw."— Presentation transcript:
Dr Jim White Session 1 What is stress?
No discussion of personal problems Each week teaches you new skills These skills are all pieces of the jigsaw Stress Control aims to turn you into your own therapist
Gerry, 33 year old warehouseman " The most stupid thoughts hit me especially in bed when I'm trying to get over to sleep. I worry about losing my job, paying the bills, what is going to happen to the kids. The crazy thing is that I thrive on pressure at work and cope well with the job which is a stressful one. It's when I am meant to be relaxing that I am at my worst"
Stress may bring out the worst in you
Dr Jim White Session 2 Controlling your body
Part 1 How stress affects our body Part 2 Caffeine Exercise Breathing Retraining Progressive Relaxation Tonight’s session
Sense of threat? Your heart beats faster and stronger Breathing quickens and deepens Muscles tense Sweating increases Bowels and bladder loosen Pupils dilate Digestion and salivation slow down Vigilance improves Anticipation improves Sexual function declines The reaction doesn’t die down once danger passes
Stressed COMMONSENSECOMMONSENSE STRESsSTRESs
Signs of too much caffeine Nervous Irritable Restless Shaky Headaches Muscle twitch Flushed face Upset stomach Fast heart rate Fast breathing Passing water a lot
Sit in a comfy chair and relax as much as you can. Take a slow normal breath (not a deep breath) and think "1" to yourself. As you breathe out, think, "relax". Breathe in again and think "2". Breathe out and think, "relax". Keep doing this up to 10. When you reach 10, reverse and start back down to 1. Try to put all else out of your mind. Try to see the numbers and the word 'relax' in your mind's eye.