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Idenitifying and Coping with Stress
Transcript of Idenitifying and Coping with Stress
Recognize that change and stress are inevitable in life
Develop strategies and identify skills relating to stress and change [in the workplace and in your personal lives]
Understand the importance of maintaining “balance”
CTR 3010: Identifying and Coping with Stress
What is stress?
Stress is the body’s physical, mental, and emotional reaction to any threat, pressure, or demand.
Stress is positive when it helps one to peak performance, followed by a period of relaxation or “down time.”
Stress is negative when the physical, emotional, and mental reaction continues without sufficient down time.
Fight or Flight Syndrome:
In prehistoric times, when man was confronted by a dangerous animal, he would instinctively receive a rush [of adrenalin]. The adrenalin would put all of his body’s resources into his muscles, thus enabling him to fight harder or run faster than usual. In today’s society when we are confronted with stressful situations they cause the same adrenalin rush as our descendants faced in prehistoric times. That is today we also tend to perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat to our survival. By its very nature, the fight or flight system bypasses our rational mind—where our more well thought out beliefs exist—and moves us into "attack" mode.
How Stressed Might You Be?
Take the next 10 minutes to complete the Teenage Life Stress Test Handout
Ways to De-Stress
Your shoulders are tense, your back hurts, you feel grouchy, irritable, overly fearful and exhausted and know its all due to stress. The following activities believe it or not can help relieve both physical and emotional tension.
The ABCs of relieving stress
As a class let us come up with 26 different ways of relieving stress. One strategy for each letter of the alphabet.
Copy down each strategy on the corresponding handout
As I did not teach you RS 25 last year you might not remember your Buddhism lessons. The Buddhist belief in the eight-fold path to enlightenment states that proper meditation is essential to maintain peace and harmony, and proper breathing is more than essential in reaching enlightenment. In any situation breath control is very important in reaching a state of mental, emotional, and physical relaxation, so it is to this end that we will be focusing on breathing for stress release. For the next 5+ minutes let us try and relax our minds and souls.
Remember if some of you doze off this is okay as you must really be relaxed!!!
Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think.
William J. Clinton
Every night, I have to read a book, so that my mind will stop thinking about things that I stress about.
Where do you measure up?:
0-149: Low susceptibility to stress-related life
150-299: Medium susceptibility to stress-related life
300 & up: High susceptibility to stress-related life
DAILY practice of relaxation skills is very important for your wellness. Take care of it NOW before it becomes a serious illness or affliction.
Relax your body by:
take a bath
getting a massage
Relax your emotions by:
do something you ENJOY (like buying gifts for a
certain CTR 3010 instructor, or something along that line)
Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.
ALL of us have stress [some have more than their fair share].
More people seem to be having heart attacks in their 20s than ever before.
Today is the day that you can begin to affect change in your personal stress level.
The BIG question is will you?
Travel-gave me insight and perspective
Divorce-taught me that change is inevitable
Siblings Death-taught me to cherish life and not take foolish risks
Aging-with age comes wisdom
Uh Oh! I can only think of
shoveling snow and this is not a
habit, nor is it regular
[reading and watching a good
movie don't count]
I will have to attend to this!
Talking about the stressful issue
Awareness of my stress level
wisdom to notice when I am
stressed and ways to combat stress
Listening to music
Watching a good movie
Playing with cat
Go for evening constitution [walk]
Sing as if no one is listening
Go to a gym
Go for a drive