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Stress and Stress Management What Stresses You Out? Money/bills Traffic Job related stress: – – – – – Work Load overcrowding lack of support lack of on the job training Audit Team :-) Health/Medical issues Lack of Free time Relationships – family & friends What can Stress lead to? Low productivity Anger/frustration Work related injuries Lack of concentration Anxiety Panic attacks Depression How you handle stress can mean the difference between being happy and productive ... or frustrated and anxious. Recognizing Stress The following are indicators that you may be encountering stress: General irritability Elevated heart rate Increased blood pressure Anxiety-anxious feeling for no specific reason Trembling Insomnia Headaches Indigestion Pain in neck and/ or lower back Changes in appetite or sleep pattern Managing Stress Stress is a process that builds and builds until you feel like you are going to explode. It is more effective to intervene early in the process rather than later. Try to become aware of the signs that suggest the process has begun. Time and Stress Identify & eliminate your personal “time-wasters” Set long-range goals and daily priorities – Identify your number-one priority and get it done first Say "no" when/if necessary Ask for help when/if necessary Health and Stress Experts argue that maintaining a regular exercise routine and healthy diet is your best defense against stress. Try to fit (at least) 20 minutes of aerobic activity into your schedule three to four days a week. Eat well-balanced meals, more whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Help with Stress There are a wide variety of books, magazines, tapes and videos on the market to help you learn to deal with stress. Several web sites are also now available to help you cope with everyday stress. If necessary, you may also want to consider getting medical advice from your Doctor.
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