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Family Stress

family studies independent final project

amanda rollo

on 17 May 2013

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Transcript of Family Stress

Family Stress The myth about
Family Stress Many of us hold the myth that families are (or should be) free from stress, that the home should be full of peace and relief. Our society gives us the clear message that it is acceptable to experience work-related stress, but not family-related stress. When we "buy in" to these unrealistic expectations, we are sure to be disappointed. The truth is, most families fall short of this ideal view. Almost every family undergoes some sort of stress throughout there life together. Different Causes of Family Stress Everyone has different stress triggers. Work stress is at the top of the list. According to surveys 40% of workers admit to experiencing office stress, and one quarter say work is the biggest source of stress in their lives. Cause #1: Stress in the workplace Causes of work stress include: Being unhappy in your job
Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility
Working long hours
Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process
Working under dangerous conditions
Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination
Having to give speeches in front of colleagues
Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn't supportive "I hate my job..." "Why can't I get a better job?..." "Does my boss hate me?..." "I suck at this job!" "Ugh so much work..." "I feel like i've accomplished nothing!" Cause #2: Life stresses The death of a loved one
Loss of a job
Increase in financial obligations
Getting married
Moving to a new home
Chronic illness or injury
Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
Traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you or a loved one. Cause #3: Other "minor" reasons/issues Fear and uncertainty.
(When you hear unpleasant events on the news that you have no control of and is potentially close to home.)

Attitudes and perceptions.
(How you view the world or a particular situation can determine whether it causes stress.)

Unrealistic expectations.
(If you expect to do everything right all the time.)

(Any major life change: divorce, loss of job, financial setback, death.) Your stress level will differ based on your personality and how you respond to situations. Some people let everything roll off their back. To them, work stresses and life stresses are just minor bumps in the road. Others literally worry themselves sick. Effects of Stress
on your Health When you are in a stressful situation, your body launches a physical response. Your nervous system springs into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or take off. It's called the "fight or flight" response, and it's why, when you're in a stressful situation, you might notice that your heartbeat speeds up, your breathing gets faster, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This kind of stress is short-term and temporary (acute stress), and your body usually recovers quickly from it.

But if your stress system stays activated over a long period of time (chronic stress), it can lead to more serious health problems. The constant rush of stress hormones can put a lot of wear and tear on your body, causing it to age more quickly and making it more prone to illness. Physical Signs of Stress Acute Stress Signs: Chronic Stress Signs: Headache
Difficulty sleeping
Difficulty concentrating
Upset stomach
Irritability Depression
High blood pressure
Abnormal heartbeat
Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
Heart disease
Heart attack
Heartburn, ulcers
Upset stomach
Weight gain or loss
Fertility problems
Flare-ups of asthma or arthritis
Skin problems Other Signs Physical complaints
Problems getting along with family members, friends, and teachers.
Changes in behavior at home (short temper, unexplained anger, crying for no reason).
Dysfunctional sleep patterns, including nightmares, too little sleep, difficulty falling asleep, or even oversleeping.
Communication difficulty or personality changes
Impatience. If chronic stress is left untreated and unnoticed then the individual could fall into a deep depression... During their lifetime about 1 in 10 people in Canada will experience an episode of a major depressive disorder What Causes
Family Stress? How to
reduce Stress! How to
reduce stress 1. Identify the sources of stress. Once you identify the sources of stress, try to minimize these as much as possible. 2. Talk it out. Getting your feelings out without others judging you is crucial to good mental health. 3. Take time out. Find time for inner strength and emotional healing. 4. Set limits. Saying "no" can help bring your stress to a manageable level and give you more control over your life. 5. Try exhaling. Often, people who are anxious or upset take shallow breaths and unconsciously hold them. By paying attention to your breathing, particularly exhaling during tense moments, you will feel more relaxed. 6. Exercise daily. Many studies show that exercise really does increase confidence and self-esteem also it reduces tension. Question... How does stress affect the entire family and how do you reduce it? By: Amanda Rollo Sources: http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/all-stressed-out?page=2
http://stress.about.com/od/familystress/Family_Conflict_Family_Gatherings_and_Other_Sources_of_Family_Stress.htm 1. It would be very important to identify the problem. Being aware of what is causing so much stress is important so you can work on fixing it. 2. Once you've identified what is causing the stress in your family you can now work on fixing it. Sit your family down in a relaxing spot together and start brainstorming together on how you could fix it. 3. It's very important to ask for input from all members of the family, have everyone involved so they don't feel excluded because that could just cause more stress. 4. Listen, make eye contact, give feedback, pay attention. Make the speaker feel like what they have to say is important and could be beneficial. 5. Once you've listened to what everyone has to say you can now come up with a conclusion on how to fix the problem. Be sure to try to include everyone's suggestions so they feel like they have contributed (this will make them happier). It's important to be able to discuss things with your family because they will be there for you no matter what if you establish a good relationship within the household! Stress can affect your entire family in many different ways. It can affect how you interact with each other, how you make decisions and can even affect your relationships with one another. So it is important to be aware on how to reduce stress for obvious reasons. Why is it Important? How to reduce it! Anything Else? What Else? Any other reasons? Can you think of anything else?
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