Life’s little bumps and bruises!! (OOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!)
Trips to other countries! (AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!)
Other Stressful Things **Any Adjustment**DivorceMarital Separation RetirementDeath in FamilyPersonal Injury or Illness MarriageDeath of SpouseFired/Employment Separation PregnancySexual DifficultiesDeath of Close Friend Gain New Family MemberIllness in FamilyChronic Med Condition in Family Changing JobsSpouse’s JobChange in Work Hours Business ReadjustmentTrouble with BossChange in Work Conditions Change in ResidenceChanging SchoolChange in Recreation Changing Churches**Moving**Changes in Social Outlets Learning New CommunityHome RepairsAttending to Home Maintenance Changes in Sleep PatternsIn-home VisitorsBeginning or Ending Schooling Financial MattersForeclosureChange of Financial State **Vacation** **Christmas** **Outstanding Personal Achievement**
Myths About Stress Stress is always bad for you. No symptoms mean no stress. It’s safe to ignore minor symptoms.
What do we do when stressed? Eat Drink Alcohol Smoke
Physical Consequences of Continued Stress Your body stays tense if you don’t use the “fight or flight” energy your body has ready to expend Hypertension Headaches Body aches Impair immune system
Emotional Consequences of Continued Stress Less able to handle other stressors May be moody or “short” with others, especially those with whom we feel most comfortable Irritability Depressive symptoms Chronic anxiety or nervousness
Cognitive Consequences of Continued Stress Forgetfulness Poor attention span or concentration problems Poor judgment Lower work productivity secondary to the above
Strategies for Dealing with Stress Exercise!!!! Take care of yourself Be around others who make you feel good, while avoiding those who always bring you down Make time for fun Accept help from others!!!!