STRESSED to DE-STRESSED
Signs, Symptoms, Prevention & Management Techniques
Stress is a condition in which our body responds to changes from its normal state.
What causes stress?
- Mental/emotional stress- A body's response to a stressor in an environmental condition.
- Social stress- One looks at a perceived threat in our lives (real or imagined), and recongizes that it may require resources we don't have.
Are there different TYPES of stress?
- Short lived stressors- Can be a fear of yours or feeling uncomfortable.
- Brief stressors- Naturally occurring in our everyday lives.
- Stressful events- Traumatic/sudden event occurs.
- Long term stressors- Events that force change in everyday living.
- Distant stressors- Past stress that continues to affect you.
What are common signs/symptoms of stress?
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling overwhelmed or overloaded
- Frequent sweating/blushing
- Social withdraw or isolation
- Lack of sleep
- Weight gain or lose without dieting
Benefits and Consequences of Stress
- Stress can increase brain power! Low levels of stress can stimulate the production of brain chemicals which strengthen the connections between neurons in the brain.
- Stress can motivate you to succeed! Stress may just be what you need to get the job done. Viewing a stressful situation as a challenge you can meet versus a task that is overwhelming.
Stress can also cause harm to the body by having too much which can lead to serious CONSEQUENCES.
- Stress can lead to mood or anxiety disorders. Be cautious of your body's normal behavior versus abnormal behavior.
- Stress can also cause a person to be "burn-out" with their life. Be sure to put equal amount of energy into all aspects of your live.
What can I do to PREVENT stress?
- Physical activity- Exercise is a great way to relieve stress!
- Relaxation- Incorporate a set amount of time of relaxation in your day.
- Time management- Make a list of what needs to be complete, stick to a plan.
- Positive thinking- Self talk throughout the day. Focus on yourself.
If you are beginning to feel as if you cannot control your stress, common practices that could be helpful include:
- Self awareness- Make yourself realize the factors that are harmful to self.
- Adjustment strategies- Find out to deal with the stress for yourself.
- Stress seminars- An activity that will promote lifestyle changes.
- Relaxation techniques- Activities that will calm YOU.
If you are already experiencing pain on a daily basis in high frequencies there is training and steps that can be taken to reduce your stress level. Common practices include:
- Medical care and treatment
Are you experiencing DEFENSE MECHANISMS from your stress?
- Denial- Refusal of admitting you are stressed.
- Acting out- Preforming extreme behavior that is uncommon to your personality.
- Dissociation- Losing track of time .
How do you MANAGE your stress?
- Express your feelings.
- Do something YOU enjoy.
- Focus on the present time.