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Understanding the reaction signs to stress and how to handle stress when it is present.

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  • 1. Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward
  • 2. Tips for Handling StressKnow What Stress Is Our physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changes that occur in life or to demands that are placed on us; stress is our response to changes/events.
  • 3. Tips for Handling StressKnow the signs of a Stress Reaction Physical Muscle tension Racing/pounding heart Rapid breathing Nausea Headache Chronic fatigue Appetite changes Sleep disturbance
  • 4. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Emotional Cognitive Anger Confusion Forgetfulness Irritability Negative self-talk Easily frustrated Poor Mood swings concentration Hostility Boredom Feelings of panic Indifference Spacing out Anxiety Worry
  • 5. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Behavioral Clenching fists Gritting teeth Overeating Substance use Nail biting Physical violence to others/property Isolating Crying spells Impulsiveness
  • 6. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Know the Sources of Stress Environment It bombards you with demands to adjust; you must endure weather, noise, traffic, pollution Social - You must cope with: Deadlines Financial issues Presentations Disagreements Demands for your time and attention Balancing personal and work relationships with self-care
  • 7. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Physiological Illness Aging Menopause Accidents Lack of exercise and proper diet Sleep disturbance Expected and unexpected physical changes
  • 8. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Thoughts Our cognitive responses (self-talk) to stressful events will either increase or decrease the stress response.
  • 9. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Prepare and Prevent (Sources) Environment: Plan travel time Listen to music Change the look of your office Keep your car running well, etc.
  • 10. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Social Learn to communicate and resolve conflicts with others in a positive manner Work on balancing family/work time Financial planning Learn time management skills Assess your personal values (what we do is what we value)
  • 11. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Physiological Exercise Eat well See your healthcare provider regularly Thoughts Assess and monitor your self-talk (glass half full or half empty?) Assess your irrational beliefs ( I must make everyone happy always); remember the a b c model
  • 12. Tips for Handling Stress (continued)Responding to Signs of Stress Physical Deep breathing Progressive muscle relaxation Stretching Exercise Get a massage Take a warm bath
  • 13. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Cognitive Think positively Look for opportunity in a crisis/challenge Look at what you can do and not at what you cant Make positive self-statements
  • 14. Tips for Handling Stress (continued) Behavioral Avoid using substances to deal with stress Seek out others to talk to Eat well Take care of yourself physically by exercise Do not use physical violence towards other people or property Implement muscle relaxation techniques

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