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Stress

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Julie Faas

on 1 May 2018

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Transcript of Stress

Stress
Stress is an important and positive part of life.
it gives us motivation and drive.
BUT mismanaged or negative stress can cause uncomfortable stress
symptoms that interfere with our daily wellness and abilities to cope.
The daily effects of stress on our physical bodies has a very real impact on how we feel about our lives.
Throughout life, the different parts of our bodies strive to work together in efficient harmony whilst
reacting constantly to the demands made on them from within as well as from outside.
Many of these demands pose a threat to the body and the body's response to any
perceived threat is to prepare itself for "fight or flight"...
The first response is a reflex action in which the muscles
become tense. This is followed by a series of reactions...
Pupils dilate
Salivary glands stop secreting saliva, making mouth feel dry.
Breathing rate speeds up to
supply more oxygen to the
muscles.
Muscles might ache, from the slow mobilization of lactic acid.
The liver discharges sugars into the
blood to provide muscles with extra
energy. Might also release excess
cholesterol.
Heart rate increases to supply
more blood to muscles.
Blood pressure also rises.
Kidneys work less efficiently
because blood supply reduced.
Digestion ceases or slows down.
Defecation and urination are
prevented by the tightening of muscles; or diarrhea or uncontrolled urination may occur.
Skin becomes pale as
blood is drained away
from it & sent to muscles.
Immune system is impaired,
making a person susceptible
to disease or allergic reaction.
sO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Types of stess symptoms
physical stress effects on the body:
headache
chest pains/pounding
heart
muscle aches/pains
back pain
clenched jaw/grinding
teeth
shortness of breath
stomach upset/
diarrhea-constipation
excess sweating
tiredness
sleep problems
weight loss/gain
sex problems
skin problems
Emotional stress effects on the body:
anger
anxiety
depression
mood swings
excessive worrying
forgetfulness
lack of concentration
negative attitude or apathy
sadness
feeling insecure
irritable
restlessness
guilt
job dissatisfaction
mental stress effects on the body:
drug abuse
excessive drinking
excessive smoking
absenteeism from work
over-eating/not eating
angry or agressive outbursts
socially withdrawn/quiet
decreased productivity
crying spells
blaming others
thoughts of suicide
Physical illnesses
related to stress:
irritable bowel syndrome
high blood pressure
heart attack
ulcers
rheumatoid arthritis
insomnia & chronic fatigue
obesity
cancer
muscle aches
The effects of stress can be
positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger.
Stress can also become negative.
What to do
about it...

Immediate responses:
deep breathing
distance yourself
press your feet to the floor
(like a tree)
laugh
breathing
muscle relaxation
meditation
yoga
visualization
"spa"- massage,
manicure/pedicure
exercise
nature
pets
TV
read a book
sleep
laughter
it's ok to feel down, but
RECOGNIZE it, then use
your feelings to figure out
what's wrong. Take them as
a warning sign, then make sure
that you have more "up" days then
"down" days.
nursing
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