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1 STRESS MANAGEMENT

2 This Lesson Will Cover : Part 1- Stress definitions Part 2- Fight-or-Flight Response Part 3- Stress-Related Health Problems Part 4- Tips for Managing Stress

3 Learning to manage stress is an important life skill Let’s learn what stress is … and how to manage it

4 DEFINITIONS: STRESS: Your body’s response to real or imagined dangers or other life events.

5 Look at the definition… Sometimes we stress about real stuff Sometimes we stress about stuff that is not real or has not even happened yet!

6 Look at the definition… Various “life events” can stress us out Sometimes it’s one big, major event Sometimes it’s a bunch of small, repeated events

7 DEFINITIONS: That’s right! Positive life events can actually be very stressful. EUSTRESS: Positive stress

8 EXAMPLES OF EUSTRESS: Winning the lottery Getting a new job Getting married Having a baby Going on “first date” Learning to drive A big sporting event Get a new pet

9 DEFINITIONS: DISTRESS: Negative stress All sorts of negative life events can be really stressful.

10 EXAMPLES OF DISTRESS: Family problems Moving to a new school Argue with a friend Someone you care about dies Fired from job Getting in a fight You get a severe illness Going to the dentist

11 DEFINITIONS: STRESSOR: Anything that causes stress

12 REMEMBER: What stresses one person out may not even bother another person

13 DEFINITIONS: FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT: The process (response) by which the body prepares to respond to threats or deal with a stressor

14 There’s a scientific reason… When you get stressed out, notice how you feel different. That’s called the “fight or flight” response.

15 Fight or Flight: Your body prepares to stand up and face the threat (fight) … or run away (flight)

16 DEFINITIONS: ADRENALINE: The hormone that gives the body extra energy

17 Adrenaline is what makes you feel the temporary extra energy you get when you are under stress

18 THE FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT RESPONSE: Adrenaline produced Increased heart rate Increased sweating Blood pressure rises Blood sugar rises (continued...)

19 THE FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT RESPONSE Breathing speeds up Pupils in the eyes dilate (widen) Increased mental activity and emotions More blood is sent to skeletal muscles from abdomen, which increases muscle strength and messes up digestion

20 Are you paying attention ? Don’t make me get stressed out !

21 What kinds of health problems can unmanaged stress cause?

22 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Headaches Upset stomach and ulcers High blood pressure

23 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Back Pain Sleeping Problems Heart Disease

24 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Weight gain and diabetes Unable to mentally focus

25 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Socially irritable Relationship problems Job problems

26 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, depression Drug and alcohol abuse

27 UNMANAGED STRESS CAN LEAD TO: Other physical, mental, emotional, and social health issues! Can’t fight off diseases as well

28 Now we know what stress is and how it affects us Let’s look at ways to manage stress !

29 FIFTEEN TIPS FOR DEALING WITH STRESS:

30 1. Don’t worry about things you can’t control If you can’t change it or control it, will worrying about it help?

31 2. Prepare for stressful situations to the best of your ability. Get ready! Plan ahead. Do what you can now to make things less stressful later on.

32 3. Approach change with a positive attitude. Change is a part of life. Your attitude determines how you will approach the situation.

33 4. Keep your sense of humor. Sometimes you need to laugh at the crazy things that happen in life

34 5. Work to resolve conflicts with other people. Compromise. Work things out with people to avoid arguments

35 6. Ask for help from family, friends, and others when you need it. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of maturity and growth.

36 7. Set realistic goals for yourself. If your goals are not realistic, you will not reach them and get discouraged.

37 8. Try getting involved in sports, hobbies, or social events. You can meet new people, have fun, and get your mind off your troubles

38 9. Exercise on a regular basis. Exercise burns off extra blood sugar and helps relieve tension.

39 10. Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. The right nutrients help your body handle stress better.

40 11. Get enough sleep and rest. You cannot deal with stress if you are sleep deprived

41 12. Practice good time management skills. Be on time. Do not procrastinate. Don’t put important tasks off until later.

42 13. Consider yoga, stretching, meditation, and other relaxation techniques. We are all different. Find a technique which works for you.

43 14. Avoid too much sugar, caffeine, tobacco, and other stimulants. You are already over-stimulated! Do not throw gasoline on the fire!

44 15. Reward yourself! Go have some fun! Having fun and letting off steam is important for your mental and emotional health. Hard work deserves rewards.

45 In which areas of stress management do you do a good job?

46 In which areas of stress management do you need to improve ?

47 You don’t want to end up looking like me, do you? Too much stress is harmful to your health and well-being


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