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Stress & Wellness: Chapter 2

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Missy Bruggeman

on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of Stress & Wellness: Chapter 2

Where are you now stress-wise? -The first step to managing stress is assessing stress.

-The assessments and surveys are not meant to be diagnostic, but only a guide to better understand yourself.

-Assessment tools:

-Assess Your Stress
-Symptoms of Stress
-Perceived Stress Scale
-Inventory of College Students' Recent Life Experiences
-Ardell Wellness Stress Test
-Student Stress Scale
-Stress Vulnerability Factors
-Tombstone Test
-Daily Stress Diary Self-Assessment Find out what causes you stress!
Chapter 2 Self-Assessment Assess Your Stress -Resting Heart Rate: 70-80 bpm

-Breathing Pattern: Chest breathing- fight or flight response

-Respiration Rate: 12-16 breaths/min


Symptoms of Stress: Assessment -Provides a look at how and to what extent common symptoms of chronic stress may be affecting an individual

-The more you experience these symptoms, the more likely it is that stress is having a negative impact on your life. Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) -This test considers your perception of what is happening in your life as most important

-The questions are based on feelings and thoughts throughout the last month
-Answer questions fairly quickly
-Scores closer to 40 mean higher stress levels

Assessments can help you answer these questions:
1. What factors cause you unnecessary stress?
2. How does your stress level compare to others?
Inventory of College Students' Recent Life Experiences -This assessment was designed to identify individual exposure to sources of stress or hassles

-Allows for identification of the extent to which those stressors were experienced over the past month

-College students
The Ardell Wellness Stress Test -Incorporates physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of health for a balanced assessment

-Based on personal perception of satisfaction about various aspects of life Student Stress Scale -Designed to predict the likelihood of disease and illness following exposure to stressful life events

Stress Vulnerability Factors -Some people may be more susceptible than others

Several Factors:
-Genetics -Coping Style -Thinking Style -Environment -Social Skills Tombstone Test -How do you want to be remembered? Make a list of the qualities for which you would like to be remembered. Daily Stress Diary -Similar to food diary
-Have an awareness of what's causing you stress Homework: For the next two days, make a note of any and all activities that put a strain on energy and time, trigger anger or anxiety, or precipitate a negative physical response.
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