2 Contents Introduction What is stress Reasons Symptoms Impact Managing Stress
3 Introduction Stress is part of our everyday life. Living in a fast-paced, technological society with innumerable demands upon our time, the majority of people can state: “I am stressed out.”What is stress?Where does stress come from?How can I tell when I am under stress?What are some of the ways stress affects my body, my mind, or my mood?How can I better manage the stress in my life?
4 What is StressIn his book Stress Without Distress, Hans Selye defines stress as: “… one’s reaction to life events … the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it …”“Our response to any situation we find challenging, frightening, or difficult”
5 Stress • Everyday fact of life • Stress can be good • Excessive stress can be harmful
6 Typical Relationship Between Performance and Stress Too Little StressOptimum StressExcessive StressHigh(excellent)PerformanceLevel ofLow(poor)LowHighStress
14 Behavioural Signs of Stress HostilityIrritabilityUnder/over eatingDecreased ability to concentrateMemory problems /forgetfulnessFrequent use of cigarettes or alcoholClumsinessWithdrawal from usual activitiesPoor performance,Absenteeism,High accident ratesMaking more mistakes
16 Impact on health of an individual Back painHeadachesStomachachesUlcersHigh Blood PressureHeart Attack or Stroke
17 Impact on the health of an organization Increased health insurance costsLost work daysStress-related workers’ compensation claimsLower ProductivityOver 75% of industrial accidents are rooted in stress
24 Organisational Initiatives Improvements in the physical work environmentChanges in Job designChanges in workloads and deadlinesChanges in work schedules,More flexible hoursIncreased employee participation
25 Organisational Initiatives Team buildingTime management workshopsJob burnout workshopsTraining in relaxation techniquesCareer counseling
26 " Success belongs to those individuals who can look at the complex challengesoffered by the Worldas Inspiration."