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Stress Management for Beginners - Study Online
Transcript of Stress Management for Beginners - Study Online
Careers & Employability
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Stress free living
You’re now going to do a relaxation exercise to help you understand how to cope with stress. Click to play the video below.
How do people look, sound and feel when they are stressed?
Write your answers to your piece of paper.
All of us are under a lot pressure to
hard, have lots of
, meet lots of
, develop our
, possibly with
difficulties …. The list just goes on and on. These pressures can build up, and we can become
Being able to
with feeling stressed – and, more importantly, being able to
stress is an important skill that we can apply
, and in our future
Stress management ABC
Get more sleep
Aims of the session
This session enables you to develop an understanding of what stress is, how it manifests itself and how to manage stress confidently.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
Define stress and how it can occur
Describe the effects of stress at a physical, emotional and behavioural level
Analyse your own stress levels
Suggest methods of dealing with stress and set goals for managing your stress levels in the future
During this session you will think about one of your stressful experiences, the effects of stress and fill in a stress diary for one experience as well as creating an action wheel to focus on how to deal with stress. You will then establish some stress-free tips. The session concludes with a relaxation exercise.
What is stress?
Write your answers on your piece of paper.
Stress can be difficult to define but can be summarised as:
a physiological (body) and psychological (mind) reaction to having to deal with more than you can cope with.
Check out this diagram
Why the body reacts in the way that it does to stress:
Stress is triggered by
. You realise that you are in a situation where you perceive a greater
than you perceive that you can
An area of the
sends messages to the
; a gland in the brain. The adrenal gland produces two hormones –
Adrenaline raises the level of
in the blood, and increases the
which makes more
available to the muscles. Cortisol raises the
and blood sugar levels as well.
These two hormones generate the ‘
fight or flight response
’ this enables
— to get themselves out of
. In the
, cortisol can have a
effect by giving us more energy; however, in the
its effects can be
, causing brain cells to
and undermining the
. Adrenaline also is harmful if it remains in the body – the only way to break it down is by doing something physical – eg
. Otherwise, in the long term, it builds up to form “
” that line and block the
. This why being able to
manage stress is important.
How stress physically affects your body - video
Fill it in for one specific event.
The idea is to get you thinking about what triggers your own stress, how it manifests itself in you personally and working out at what point could you have managed the situation in order to prevent the situation becoming stressful.
Negative thinking spiral
If our attitude to a situation is more positive it impacts on the overall result and bypasses the stress.
, thinking positively and
all help to control stress.
for beginners - Study Online
for beginners - Study Online
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Come up with a full list of stress management tips starting which each letter of the alphabet.
Defined stress and how it can occur.
Described the effects of stress at a physical, emotional and behavioural level.
Analysed your own stress levels.
Suggested methods of dealing with stress and set goals for managing your stress levels in the future.
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