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1 Stress Management for Parents [insert presenter info]

2 What is Stress? Stress is a physical and psychological reaction to a situation that places pressure on an individual.

3 STRESSOR Any life event which requires the person to adjust or adapt in some way

4 Sources of Stress for Parents Altered sleep patterns New routines Family visits Separation Finances/Child Care

5 Stress effects the body and mind.

6 Common Reactions to Stress Sleep Disturbances Appetite Changes Muscle Tension Headaches Neck and Back Problems Fatigue Anxiety

7 Common Reactions to Stress Exaggerated Startle Response Increased Irritability Restlessness Gastrointestinal Difficulties Significant Mood Changes Increased Blood Pressure Frequent Urination

8 The impact of stress can be positive.

9 The impact of stress can also be negative.

10 How do you cope with stress?

11 Ineffective Ways of Coping Excessive Drinking/Substance Abuse Excessive Eating Excessive Smoking Avoiding Problem Situation Withdrawing from People Fighting/Arguing Procrastinating

12 Be Aware Recognize when you are stressed

13 What are the symptoms of distress? What lets you know you are stressed out?

14 What is Your Optimal Stress Level?

15 Practice reducing stress through your personal mental attitude.

16 Laughter is Good Medicine Stress is tightening up Laughter is lightening up

17 Learn to RELAX

18 Physical coping strategies…

19 TOP 10 Stress Tips for New Parents Recognize youre not alone Dont feel guilty Accept help Childcare Make your health a priority Postpone major decisions Try to sleep when you can Let some things go Take only the advice you value Get assistance from Army Community Services/Community Health Nurse or other professionals if needed.

20 Acknowledgements MAJ Karlotta Richards, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist LTC Teresa Hall, Community Health Nurse, Directorate of Health Promotion and Wellness, US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine

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