Presentation on theme: "Recognizing and Managing Stress"— Presentation transcript:
1 Recognizing and Managing Stress Rosan GompertsDirector, Faculty Staff Help Center
2 Emotional Intelligence Refers to the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.From ‘Working With Emotional Intelligence’ Daniel Goleman
3 Stress Triggers Work as a microcosm of life: Family/Relationship AspectsOverlapping DemandsWorking Definition of Stress Fred Luskin Stress Free for GoodThe balance between what you haveto do and the resources you have to do it with
4 Stress Triggers Health concerns Financial difficulties Relationship difficultiesDivorce or changes in personal lifeChanges in your work lifeIssues with children/step-childrenMajor change/event in personal lifeVictim of crime or accidentChange in responsibilitiesDifficulties with boss or co-workersBereavementLegal issuesFamily problems
5 Types of StressTYPE 1 STRESS - Immediate and identifiable; the bodily sensations from a traffic accident, shocking news etc. the fight or flight response: the effects are typically dramatic and also fairly short-livedTYPE 2 STRESS - The source may be unclear, not immediate and sometimes not recognizable; chronic conflict or overwork, continuous worry etc. effects are on-going and long-term.
6 Physical Symptoms of Stress Upset StomachNeck achesShortness of breathMuscle painSweaty palmsIncreased heart ratePerspirationDizzinessTremblingSleep DisturbancesHypersensitivityUnexplained itchingOthers???FatigueHeadachesWeight gain/lossHigh BPNervousnessCold hands/feetChest painDiarrheaNauseaPalpitationsAngina
7 Cognitive Symptoms of Stress ForgetfulnessParanoiaLimited Attention SpanDecreased problem solving abilityOthers???Poor concentrationErrors/AccidentsCalculation difficultiesDecreased decision makingIrrational thinkingDistortionMemory loss/ability to retain information
8 Behavioral Symptoms of Stress AngerWithdrawalCompulsive overeatingEscapist drinking/drug useAbsenteeism/lateness to workContinual use of sedative/tranquilizerIrritabilityRelationship problemsChanges in sleeping habitsIncreased smokingEmotional outburstDesk RageOthers???Be aware yyourself and pay attention to friends and family/so-workers who tell you they are seeing signs.
9 Managing Work Related Stress ACCEPTANCERecognize and accept that it is a difficult time --take extra care of self:Positive vs. negative coping strategiesHealth- notice and respond to stress warning signs/ Healthy life style habits: good diet, adequate rest and exercisePractice self compassionTalkWriteWhat Else helps?
10 What is DepressionDepression is a common mental disorder that presents with:Feeling of sadnessLoss of interest or pleasureFeelings of guilt or low self-worthDisturbed sleep or appetiteLow energyPoor concentrationFeeling HopelessThese problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual's ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities
11 What depression may look like in the workplace: Slumping performance at work.Poor timekeeping.Frequent headaches or backaches.Constant tiredness or low energy.Loss of motivation, or drive.Poor concentration, attention to detail.Withdrawal from social contact.Unusual displays of emotion—irritability or tearfulness, outbursts or tantrums.May look like “a negative attitude” on the job.
12 Research TOO MUCH STRESS IS BAD FOR PEOPLE People who practice these ten exercises did not just get relief from stress but an increased sense of positive well-being, meaning they felt more able to connect with people, had a greater ability to experience pleasure and an improved sense of meaning and purpose.
13 Three Main Concepts ACCORDING TO LUSKIN’S RESEARCH Know what matters to you in your life and live true to those thingsAppreciate the beauty and good in your life.Stop complaining about the little stuff
14 Ideas For Coping Deep Breathing Progressive Muscle Relaxation A Little Easy to Learn MeditationMaking an Appointment with a ProfessionalTaking a MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) courseOthers?