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Stress Management. A Life Skills Workshop Presented by Dr. Lowell G. Roddy, LMFT Assistant Director, Counseling & Testing Center Austin Peay State University. Learning Objectives. Learn the characteristics of stress Learn some common stressors

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Stress Management

A Life Skills Workshop

Presented by

Dr. Lowell G. Roddy, LMFT

Assistant Director,

Counseling & Testing Center

Austin Peay State University


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Learning Objectives

  • Learn the characteristics of stress

  • Learn some common stressors

  • Using a stress inventory, learn your level of stress

  • Learn ten ways to reduce your stress level

  • Practice a stress reduction exercise


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What is Stress ?

  • Pressure perceived to be from the outside that can make you feel tense inside.

  • The rate of wear & tear on the body.

  • The nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it.

  • It’s the way your mind and body react to any new, threatening or exciting situation.

  • “It’s what you feel when there’s just too darned much going on!”


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What stresses you the most?

( A whiteboard exercise )


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How Stressed Are You?

Let's take a little quiz!


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Stress Can Be Helpful or Harmful

Helpful (eustress): extra energy to meet physical challenges, solve problems and reach goals

Harmful (distress): can cause headaches, backaches, loss of appetite, fatigue, digestive problems, depression, difficulty focusing thoughts and impaired memory


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Allergies

Change in appetite

Back pain

Chest pain

Breathlessness

Clammy hands

Dizziness

Fatigue

Racing heartbeat

Muscle tension

Restlessness

Rashes

Sleeping problems

Stomach aches

High blood pressure

Nightmares

Physical Symptoms of Stress


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Neglecting appearance

Arguing

Avoiding tasks and responsibilities

Difficulty concentrating

Being late to work

Overeating

Snapping at people

Increasing use of alcohol or other drugs

Crying easily

Watching more TV

Withdrawing from family and friends

Behavioral Symptoms of Stress


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Anger

Anxiety

Denial of a problem

Depression

Difficulty making decisions

Loneliness

Nervousness

Feeling powerless

Feeling unhappy for no reason

Being easily upset

Worrying frequently

Feeling trapped

Emotional Symptoms of Stress


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Events do not cause stress.

Stress is caused by our beliefs about the events.


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How can I manage

my stress?




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Good personal habits are essential for stress management.

  • Eat right – balanced, nutritious diet, with something from all 5 food groups. Minimize sugar, fats, caffeine and alcohol.

  • Exercise regularly – 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity 3-5 days a week. An active mind benefits from an active body.

  • Get enough sleep – 6-9 hours per night.

  • Take time to relax.


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Progressive Relaxation

A Stress Reduction Exercise


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Questions?

For more in-depth study, enroll in

HHP 4300, Introduction to

Stress Management


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Stress Management

A Life Skills Workshop

Presented by

Dr. Lowell G. Roddy, LMFT

Assistant Director,

Counseling & Testing Center

Austin Peay State University


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