Presentation on theme: "Surviving the Onslaught: Managing Your Stress Against Overwhelming Odds Presented by: Wendy Gruver, Texas A&M- Commerce Steve Saladin, University of Idaho."— Presentation transcript:
Surviving the Onslaught: Managing Your Stress Against Overwhelming Odds Presented by: Wendy Gruver, Texas A&M- Commerce Steve Saladin, University of Idaho
What is stress? A physical and psychological response to an event or events that upset our personal balance in some way
Three categories of stressors… Frustrations Prevent you from meeting your needs or achieving goals Conflicts Two or more incompatible needs or goals Pressures Expectations of others or demands on self
The stress reaction… Stress hormones released into body Increasing pulse and blood pressure Increasing respiration Increasing alertness of eyes, ears, and nose
Physical symptoms… Chest pain, irregular heartbeat. High blood pressure. Asthma or shortness of breath. Weight gain or loss. Skin problems. Decreased sex drive Decreased sex drive.
Behavioral symptoms… Increasing alcohol and drug use. Isolating yourself from others. Eating more or less. Neglecting your responsibilities. Sleeping too much or too little.
Behavioral symptoms… Losing your temper. Overreacting to unexpected problems. Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing). Teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Overdoing activities such as exercising or shopping. Escape behavior.
Stress vs. Burnout… Characterized by over- engagement Emotions are overreactive Produces helplessness and hopelessness Exhausts physical energy Leads to anxiety disorders Causes disintegration Primary damage is physical Stress may kill you prematurely, and you won’t have enough time to finish what you started Characterized by disengagement Emotions are blunted Produces helplessness and hopelessness Exhausts motivation and drive, ideals and hope Leads to paranoia, detachment, and depression Causes demoralization Primary damage is emotional Burnout may never kill you, but your life may not seem worth living
Lifestyle habits to reduce stress… Adequate sleep Regular sleep schedule Connect with others Develop a hobby
Lifestyle habits to reduce stress… Regular exercise Reduce caffeine and sugar Balanced, nutritious diet Don’t self-medicate Do something for YOURSELF everyday
Changing thinking and emotional responses… Express feelings instead of suppressing them Realistic expectations Reframe problems Maintain sense of humor, and remember... It could be worse
Changing thinking and emotional responses… Don’t try to control events or other people Anticipate problems Plan & expect the unexpected Delegate…and then let it go Remember, Poor planning on their part….
DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON YOUR PART!!!
Meeting the challenge of stress… Manage time Prioritize Schedule time for work and recreation Delegate Use your support network
Options for reducing stress… Listening to music Aromatherapy Deep breathing Exercise Yoga Meditation
Options for reducing stress… Massage Talking/Sharing Scheduling down time Relaxation exercises Counseling Biofeedback
The Important thing is to find what works for you…. AND DO IT
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