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A Powerpoint presentation that gives an overview of stress management and the techniques for overcoming stress.

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									Techniques for Getting Your Stress
          Under Control
Exactly What is Stress? ….......   Slides 3 - 7
The Degree & Vulnerability
  of Stress …………………...             Slides 8 – 11
What Are the Symptoms of
 Excess Stress? …………….             Slides 12 – 15
Understanding the Causes of
  Stress ………………………                 Slides 16 – 19
Stress Management
   Techniques ………………..             Slides 20 - 22
Exactly What is Stress?
                         Physical and
Stress is…                chemical factors that
                          contribute to stress
Viewed as any             include:
physical, chemical,
or emotional                 Trauma
dynamic that causes
bodily or mental             Infections
unrest and that may
be a contributing            Toxins
factor in the cause
of disease.
                             Illnesses
                             Any kind of injury
                          All stress is not bad.
Stress is…
                          Sometimes a little
                           stress and tension is
Something that does
not have a clear           useful because it:
                              Makes people
Because everyone
has experienced
                               perform better.
stress at some point
                              Helps people be
in time, everybody
thinks they know               more focused.
what stress really
is and that the               Helps people work
definition of stress           more energetically.
should be clear to
                 Be a health benefit
Stress can…       when it temporarily
                  strains some of your
                  bodily functions like
                  when you:
                     Exercise

                 Have adverse
                  effects when it is:
                     In large amounts
                     Poorly managed
Being                     Comes in all forms
Stressed…                 Affects people of all
The parent of one
                           ages and all walks
child may be more          of life
stressed about their
parenting skills          Does not have
than a parent with
several children.          external standards
                           to predict stress
                           levels in individuals
                          Is not limited to
                           individuals who
                           have stress related
The Degree & Vulnerability of
   Depends on:
       Physical health
       Interpersonal relationships
       Responsibilities
       Commitments
       Other’s expectations
       The amount of support received
       Recent changes
       Traumatic happenings
                          People with strong
Who is Most                social support
Vulnerable?                networks report less
People who care for
                           stress and a more
the elderly or for         overall improved
loved ones who are         mental health in
ailing can have a
great deal of stress
                           comparison to those
associated with            who do not have
being caregivers.          these social contacts.
Having a loved one            Family
or a family member
who is under a                Friends
great deal of stress
oftentimes will               Religious
increase our own               affiliations
stress levels as
well.                         Social affiliations
                          People who:
Who is Most
                              Don’t eat nutritious
Individuals who
have reduced                  Don’t get enough
capabilities to                sleep
handle the pressures
and stresses of               Are in poor
everyday life may              physical health
report higher stress
                          Children
Some stressors are
particularly              Teenagers
associated with
certain age groups        Working Parents
or a particular
stage in one’s life.      Seniors
What are the symptoms of
Excess Stress?
   Displays of excess or poorly-managed
    stress will vary with each person.
    Many have reported that stress at this
    level makes them have:
       Headaches
       Problems sleeping
       Feelings of anxiety
       Feelings of tension
       Feelings of anger
       Problems concentrating
   Others will complain of:
       Depression
       Lack of interest in food
       An increased appetite
       Various other symptoms.

   In severe situations, the stress can get
    to the point of "burnout," where the
    individual experiences a complete
    loss of interest in normal activities.
   Psychological stress may worsen
    symptoms of:
     Cardiovascular diseases
     Asthma
     Multiple sclerosis
     Chronic pain
     Acne
     Depression

   Can decrease the immune response to
    vaccinations and prolong the healing
    of wounds
Understanding the Causes of
                           Fight or flight
Stress                         Basic survival
There are several
instinctive stress
responses that are
important to how we
                           General Adaptation
understand stress
and stress                     Results from the
                                long-term effects of
The first is a basic
survival instinct.              stress
 The second results
from the long-term
effect of being
                           The way we process
exposed to stress.          our thoughts
The third comes from
the way that we
think and interpret
the conditions that
we find ourselves in.
   Recent research shows that we
    experience the fight-or-flight response
    whenever we encounter something
   The hormones triggered help us:
     Run faster
     Fight harder

   The hormones:
     Increase the heart rate & blood pressure
     Deliver more oxygen and blood sugar to
      power important muscles.
   In this state, we are:
       Excitable
       Anxious
       Jumpy
       Irritable
       Our ability to work with others is
Stress Management Techniques
   Exercise
   Relaxation & Meditation
       Autogenic training
       Biofeedback
       Imagery
       Meditation techniques
       Progressive muscle relaxation
       Qigong
       Tai Chi
       Yoga
   Time management
   Organizational skills
   Support systems
Understanding & Managing Your
 Techniques for Getting Your Stress Under Control
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