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Transcript of Stress Management
Things to Consider when Dealing with Everyday Stress....
Other Effective Coping Methods:
Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques:
Take Time Out for Yourself:
April Pain Clinic 2015
What is Stress?
Short lived or acute stress, ex: waiting in traffic
Long term or chronic stress
Examples of Chronic Stress Include:
Sudden or prolonged change in health
Difficult financial situations
Lasts only a few minutes
Typically can last for weeks, months or years
Chronic Stress Can Put Your Health at Risk...
Increased tobacco use
Increased alcohol consumption
Sense of isolation and loneliness
Increased sense of being overwhelmed
"Someday I'll laugh about this"
"This is a learning experience"
Some stress can be relieved if you can accept that some situations, you have very little control over.
When dealing with a stressful situation, sometimes a positive attitude is the best aid we have at our disposal.
"What can I learn from this?"
"Is there a silver lining?"
Often we stress about things that haven't yet happened or are small in the grand scheme of things.
"In five years, will this even matter?"
"How relevant is this to other things in my life?"
When dealing with prolonged stress, it is important to first identify the most important stressors within in your life
To identify true sources of stress, look closely at your attitudes, habits and everyday interactions
Create To-Do lists and prioritize tasks.
Buy a planner/organizer to help manage time and schedule each day.
Spend time on yourself.
Pre-Plan your day every morning.
Taking a break is not shrinking your responsibilities, but rather taking care of yourself so that you have the stamina to be your best.
Taking a walk
Calling a friend
Watching a comedy TV show
Planning an upcoming vacation
Getting a massage
Enhances overall brain function
Activates natural pain killers (endorphins) that help you sleep better
Around 5 minutes of exercise is enough to stimulate anti-anxiety effects!
Utilizing Community Support:
Strong support networks can be critical when undergoing chronic stress.
Increases sense of belonging and security
Calling a friend
Chatting over coffee
Self Help Groups
Going to Church
To effectively combat chronic stress, deep breathing helps activate the bodies relaxation response.
Slow deep breaths take will change both physical and emotional reactions to stress
Helps bring awareness to mind/body connection, helps calm worries
Decreases heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension that allows for reduced anxiety and stress.
Too often, without stress management, your body is on high alert from chronic stress. Don't wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life.
Find what works for you and start practicing your stress management techniques today!
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