...and How to Manage it.

Stressors- Anything someone finds challenging or threatening.

External Stressors

  • Financial situation
  • Family (changes in family structure)
  • Trauma
  • Loss of independence

Internal Stressors:

  • Overall Health
  • Anticipation
  • Attitudes

The Good and the Bad Side of Stress:

  • Motivation (to get something done by a deadline, etc.)
  • Going through a stressful situation can make it easier to deal with other stress later on.


  • Burn-out
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

I'm I stressed?

Here are a few symptoms of stress:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Becoming easily agitated, moody
  • Avoiding others
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
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Prevention of Stress

  • Primary: Activities that prevent the occurrence of stress.
  • Secondary: Screening and detection (symptoms have already appeared), meeting the needs of the stress.
  • Tertiary: Recovering to previous state of being before the stress.
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Getting Defensive!

There are many defense mechanisms when it comes to stress:

  • Repression- getting rid of any memories that are displeasing or painful.
  • Regression- Returning to a less devolved state (E.x: sucking thumb, sleeping with a stuffed animal)
  • Denial- Refusing that something is happening
  • Compensation- Making up for something by excelling in another part of life.

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Managing the Stress

There are many ways to managing stress. This includes:

  • Relaxation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

The key is to try multiple techniques till you find one that fits you!

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