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Balancing Act

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Christina Lott

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Fight or Flight Response
Adrenalin and Cortisone
3 Kinds of Stress
Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Poor judgment
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Constant worrying

Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Nausea, dizziness
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Frequent colds

Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Moodiness
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Feeling overwhelmed
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS
BEHAVIORAL
SYMPTOMS
PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS
CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUES
Suppress immune system
Heart disease
Speed up the aging process
Rewiring of the brain
Memory loss
How stressed are you?
STRESS
RELAXATION
Balancing Act
Christina Lott
cslott@uno.edu
Graduate Assistant

Managing Stress for
a More Balanced
Life.

Office of Student Involvement and Leadership
GET TO KNOW YOURSELF
Causes of stress
Severity of stress
Managing stress
Causes of relaxation
Have fun!
Eat Right
Get Enough Sleep
Exercise
Be Social
Get Organized
Ignoring needs
Self-Harm
Drinking/Drugs
Over/Under-Eating
Numbing/Zoning Out
Beating Self Up
UNHEALTHY
COPING
HEALTHY COPING
What makes
you: Happy?
Calm? Relaxed?
MINDFULNESS
Single-tasking
Being present
Go with the flow
Gentle redirection
Takes practice
VISUALIZATION
SOUNDS
TOUCH
SCENTS
Aromatherapy
MOVEMENT
Deep Breathing
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Yoga
Walking
TASTE
RESOURCES
CONTACT ME!
Christina Lott
cslott@uno.edu
504.280.6349

UNO COUNSELING SERVICES
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri.
University Center #226
504.280.6683
LIFE HACKS
Dealing with
Stress:
Avoid
Alter
Adapt
Accept
Change Situation
Change Reaction
Support Network
Sense of Control
Attitude & Outlook
Handling of Emotions
Knowledge & Preparation
INFLUENCES OVER STRESS TOLERANCE:
REACTIONS TO STRESS
ANGER:
WITHDRAWAL:
FREEZE:
Stimulation
Calming
Safety and Energy
Engage Senses to Reduce Stress
Create!
weavesilk.com
jacksonpollock.org
LISTEN!
rainymood.com
lab.andre-michelle.com/pulsate
naturesoundsfor.me/
INTERACT!
www.drawastickman.com/episode1
www.relaxonline.me.uk/sa1/index.html
UNWIND!
thequietplaceproject.com/thethoughtsroom
GENDER
AGE
Male
Female
18-29
12.1
13.7
14.2
AVERAGES BY GROUP
More than 6 points above the “average” = medium-high stress
6 points below = relatively stress free
12 points above average score = high amounts of stress
Make your bed only for sleeping
Talk to someone
Start small for big changes
Make a stress relief tool kit
Journal
Block out time
Reward self
Ditch caffeine
INTERNAL CAUSES
OF STRESS
EXTERNAL CAUSES
OF STRESS
Major life changes
Work
Relationship difficulties
Money
Family
Being too busy
Inability to accept uncertainty
Pessimism
Negative self-talk
Unrealistic expectations
Perfectionism
Lack of assertiveness
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