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Stress Management: in tough times. Linda Hancock FNP, PhD VCU Student Health Services & The Wellness Resource Center lhancock@vcu.edu. STRESS Continuum. Good stress distress impairment. STRESS. Docs Docs. Paradox.

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stress management in tough times

StressManagement:in tough times.

Linda Hancock FNP, PhD

VCU Student Health Services

&

The Wellness Resource Center

lhancock@vcu.edu

stress continuum

STRESS Continuum

Good stressdistress

impairment

STRESS

docs docs
DocsDocs

Paradox

slide4
The “Paradox of Medicine”:Balancing between the fact that people are mostly the same & yet uniquely different.

The “Bell Curve”

Individuals are all “Genetic Snowflakes”

2 types of stressors strategies service
2 types ofStressors & Strategies/Service

HR probably has programs

Time management, conflict resolution,etc,

  • Things you

can change

  • Things you

can NOT

change

Problem Focused Strategies

Emotion Focused Strategies

Strategies like those presented in this lecture!

cultures humor medicine
Cultures, Humor & Medicine
  • Greeks – home of the comediane
  • Native Americans… Clown Doctors
  • Voltaire:
    • “The Art of Medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
  • Medicine today?
think of humor as a tool for your life skills tool box
Think of humor as atool for your LIFE SKILLS tool box!!!
  • Humor is a skill you can learn…

just like physical exam and history taking and writing prescriptions

smile study
Smile Study
  • Waitresses
  • Nurses
  • 7-11 Clerks
  • VCU employees?
what is humor
What is humor?
  • An attitude toward life.
  • Taking your work seriously…

but yourself lightly.

  • Humor is healthy.
  • Humor connects us to others!
  • It makes us MORE effective!
set a mental channel for humor
Set a mental Channelfor humor!
  • Look for humor each day.
  • At conferences… write down the serious stuff… but write down the jokes and funny stuff too!
  • People laugh just as much at borrowed humor as they will your own.
  • Start a humor file… and go through it often.
  • Find humor on the INTERNET!
  • For life skills education, decide on your main points FIRST then think about how humor can be added to make it memorable.
learn stress management17
LEARN Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • A
  • R
  • N
  • S
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LEARN Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • Attitude
  • R
  • N
  • S
it s not what happens to you that matters it s your attitude toward what happens that matters
It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s your ATTITUDE toward what happens that matters.
example what if you fail a test
Example: What if you fail a test?

A.D.G.O

Another Darn Growth Opportunity

slide24
“Success is the ability to move from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”-Winston Churchill
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LEARN Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • Attitude
  • Relax/Rest in H.P.
  • N
  • S
slide28

Relax in your higher power….

Whether you know it or not, the universe is unfolding as it should.

slide29

RELAX & Remember! You are a worthwhile person and good people love you.

Don’t sweat the small stuff… and hey, most if it is small stuff.

what relaxes you the most
What relaxes you the most?

Recent studies on mindfulness and academic grades

mindfulness
Mindfulness
  • Be present to the present
  • Let go of all the baggage from the past.
  • Don’t take on all the worries of the future.
  • Just breath and be in the peace of the moment.
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LEARN Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • Attitude
  • Relax/Rest in H.P.
  • Nutrition
  • S
learns stress management
LEARNS: Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • Attitude
  • Relax/Rest in H.P.
  • Nutrition
  • S ???
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LEARNS: Stress Management
  • Laugh
  • Exercise
  • Attitude
  • Relax/Rest in H.P.
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep/Sex/Substances
ucla study 2005 taylor et al journal of psych science
UCLA Study 2005 Taylor et al, Journal of Psych Science
  • 80 UCLA undergrads randomly assigned to

2 groups

1. Intervention group taught “value affirmation” and reflected on values they found important to them

    • Could be spiritual, secular, political social,

2. Control group answered questions about values they said were unimportant to them

GIVEN A STRESSFUL TASK TO COMPLETE…

blood tested immediately after and 45 minutes later

  • Those who reflected on values they considered meaningful had significantly lower cortisol levels both immediately after a stressful event and 45 minutes later
confused
Confused?

My point is…Emotion focused stress management is a skill you can learn!

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