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2 Managing Your Stress! SIUe Counseling Services 650-2197

3 What is Stress? Stress: any demand on the mind and body “Stress is essentially reflected by the rate of all the wear and tear caused by life…” Can be pleasant or unpleasant and the results can be good or bad

4 Types of Stress Eustress: The stress of anticipation and excitement Results from exhilarating, challenging experiences Examples?

5 Types of Stress Distress: The stress of losing, failing, overworking, and not coping Can be harmful and excessive Normal to experience from time to time

6 Sources of Stress Sources of Stress: –External –Internal Responses to stress –Automatic state that results when the body attempts to make changes in order to adapt to any demand.

7 Sources of Stress External Stressors- Major life events or everyday pressures –Death –Finances –Deadlines –Family –Lack of Sleep –Conflicts

8 Sources of Stress Internal Stressors: Reactions that occur “inside ourselves” –Values & beliefs –Faith –Goals –Self-image –Expectations

9 Signs of Stress Physical Mental Behavioral

10 Physical Signs of Stress Light head Dilated pupils Tense neck and shoulders Pounding heart Weak knees Sweating Fast/shallow breaths Tight throat High blood Pressure

11 Mental Signs of Stress Forgetfulness Dread Reluctance Poor Concentration Inability to have a good laugh Easily Startled Dissatisfaction

12 Behavioral Signs of Stress Insomnia Tardiness Increased alcohol/caffeine consumption Physical withdrawal from friends, work, and family Irritability Tearfulness

13 Stress-related Conditions Ulcers Fainting Heart Attack Rashes Stroke Infections Excessive Perspiration Cancer Cold/Flu Headaches Stuttering Asthma Loss of Appetite Diabetes

14 Student Major Life Event Scale Below 200 Very little stress in life 200 to 259 Moderate stress in life 260 and up High stress & vulnerable to illness

15 Everyday Stress Evaluation 0-4= Rarely annoyed 5-10=Moderately irritated 11-up= Excessively irritated

16 Assessing Our Coping Skills Effective and healthfully cope with stress Perfect score = 115 points 50-60 = adequate collection of coping strategies Higher scores indicate better ability to cope with stress in an effective and healthful manner

17 Coping Skills: Positive or Negative Positive: –Exercise –Hobby –Reading Negative: –Sleeping to avoid –Fighting –Unhealthy Eating –Substance Abuse

18 Stress Management What are some other ways you deal with stress?

19 Stress Management Long term effects of stress are harmful: –Personalities may change –Depression –Hopeless/helpless –Explosive/Impulsive –Anxiety/ Panic –Exaggerated Fears

20 Stress can be… Avoidable or Unavoidable Positive or Negative Real or Imagined

21 Stress Management Techniques: –Learn to say no –Positive Self-Talk –Take responsibility –Nutrition –Rest

22 Stress Management Time Management –Establish priorities that highlight your most important goals. –Create time by realistic scheduling –Learn to make basic decisions –Set aside specific time periods for tasks

23 Stress Management Exercise –One of the most effective forms of stress reduction –Physical inactivity can lead to: heart disease, obesity, fatigue, and depression.

24 Stress Management –Deal only with things you can do something about –One thing at a time –Act positively –Relax daily –Don’t harbor grudges –Admit you’re overwhelmed and seek help –Talk through problems and ways to address them

25 Food for Thought “What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.” Lewis Dunning

26 Thank you for your attention!

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