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  1. Stress Management PRESENTED BY THE COUNSELING CENTER CAMPUS CENTER 225

  2. Stress in students • Stress: The human reaction to events in our environment • Han Selye defines stress as wear and tear on the body

  3. STRESS!!! • Eustress: Good Stress • Getting into college • Getting engaged • Winning the lottery

  4. STRESS !!! • Distress: Stress from bad sources • Difficult work environment • Overwhelming sights and sounds • Threat of personal injury

  5. FOUR TYPES OF STRESS 1. General Stress: • Everyone has this kind of stress • It resolves itself within a day or two • No intervention is necessarily required

  6. FOUR TYPES OF STRESS 2. Cumulative Stress: • Stress builds up in your body • It becomes more difficult to alleviate your symptoms • You may have more serious physical symptoms • You may have more serious mental anguish

  7. FOUR TYPES OF STRESS 3. Acute Traumatic Stress: • Critical Incident Stress • Produces considerable psychological distress • A normal reaction to abnormal events

  8. FOUR TYPES OF STRESS 4. Post Traumatic Stress: • Severe stress produced by severe psychological trauma • Created by unresolved Critical Incident Stress • Produces lasting changes

  9. General Adaptation Syndrome • Stage I - Alarm Reaction • The “fight or flight” response which causes you to be ready for physical activity • However, it decreases the effectiveness of the immune system which makes you more susceptible to illness

  10. General Adaptation Syndrome • Stage II – Stage of adaptation • If stress continues, the body adapts to the stressors it is being exposed to • If the stressor is starvation, the person experiences a reduced desire for physical activity to conserve energy, and the absorption of nutrients from any food intake is maximized

  11. General Adaptation Syndrome • Stage III – Stage of Exhaustion • Stress persists for a long time • The body’s resistance may be reduced or collapse quickly • People who experience long-term stress may have heart attacks, severe infections, or chronic pain or illness

  12. Short Term Physical Stress Symptoms • Dry mouth • Cool skin • Cold hands and feet • Increased sweating • Rapid breathing • Faster heart rate • Tense muscles • Feelings of nausea • Butterflies in your stomach • Diarrhea • A desire to urinate

  13. Long Term Physical Stress Symptoms • Insomnia • Change in Appetite • Sexual disorders • Aches and pains • Frequent colds • Feelings of intense and long-term tiredness • Prone to illness

  14. Yawning Talking too fast Talking too loud Fiddling Twitching Nail biting Grinding teeth Drumming fingers Pacing Over reacting Emotional Defensive Irritable Irrational Defensive Hostile Critical Aggressive BEHAVIORAL STRESS SYMPTOMS

  15. BEHAVIOR STRESS SYMPTOMS • These symptoms will have a negative affect on your performance • By reducing your effectiveness • Making you accident prone • Causing you to be forgetful • Causing you to be very negative • You may neglect your appearance • You may make poor judgments • Causing you to make more mistakes • Increasing your absenteeism

  16. PERFORMANCE STRESS SYMPTOMS • You may not make good decisions • Your fine motor skills are affected • You may no longer enjoy your work • Your attention span may be affected • You may have more negative thoughts • Your self confidence will suffer • You may have difficulty concentrating • All of your positive energy is consumed

  17. Examine your diet Lower your salt intake Lower your intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates Lower your caffeine intake Add to your diet Vegetables Fruits Complex Carbohydrates Vitamins Water HEALTHY LIVING TO CONQUER STRESS

  18. HEALTHY LIVING • Rest: • Get a minimum of six hours of continuous rest

  19. HEALTHY LIVING • Exercise: • At least twenty minutes, five times a week • break a sweat, to release endorphins

  20. HEALTHY LIVING • Talk things out with someone you trust - a family member or a good friend

  21. HEALTHY LIVING • Make an increased effort to organize your life • Ask for help • Delegate things when you need to

  22. HEALTHY LIVING • Learn to manage your anger • Anger affects your health • Anger causes you to over react to many situations

  23. HEALTY LIVING • We get angry often because someone did not do what we thought they should • Rethink the situation and learn to be more flexible

  24. HEALTHY LIVING • Fill your life with fun things to do!!!! • Keep your sense of humor!!!! • We call it : PLAY THERAPY

  25. HEALTHY LIVING • Take charge of your life. • Act appropriately -don’t simply react to stressful situations • Find balance in all that you do.

  26. HEALTHY LIVING • Too many people look for an easy answer to stress management by misusing • Alcohol • Drugs • Marijuana • Medicines & Pills

  27. HEALTHY LIVING • We all need a lengthy list of things that will help us relax….. • I love horse back riding.

  28. HEALTHY LIVING • Relaxing needs to be part of your daily routine.

  29. HEALTHY LIVING • RELAAAAAAX

  30. HEALTHY LIVING • RELAAAAAAX

  31. HEALTHY LIVING • RELAAAAAAX

  32. STRESS MANAGEMENT • COUNSELING CENTER Campus Center 225 Phone 386-7122 Web Site at www.canton.edu

  33. STRESS MANAGEMENT • Questions?????