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Stress Management. Presented by: Tanya Baertsch, Regional Manager. Agenda. What is Stress and How Does it Effect Us? Effects of Stress? Unhealthy Behaviors Identify YOUR Stress & Behaviors Stress Management Techniques Stress Busting Foods Manage your Stress EAP. 1. What is Stress.

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Stress management

Stress Management

Presented by: Tanya Baertsch, Regional Manager



  • What is Stress and How Does it Effect Us?

  • Effects of Stress?

  • Unhealthy Behaviors

  • Identify YOUR Stress & Behaviors

  • Stress Management Techniques

  • Stress Busting Foods

  • Manage your Stress

  • EAP

What is stress


What is Stress

Stress is the overwhelming feelings of lack of control over our environment and an inability to change things

Stress is the “wear and tear” our minds and bodies experience as we attempt to cope with our continually changing environment

Stress effects

Stress effects

  • Loss of productivity

  • Absenteeism

  • Turnover

  • Increased medical expenses

  • Depression

  • Loss of sexual desire/function

Stress and your body

Stress and Your Body

  • Stress is normal up to a point and can be optimal for certain performance related tasks.

  • Stress becomes a problem when it interferes with a person’s ability to do daily life tasks over a period of a few weeks or impacts their health in a dangerous or risky way.

Stress mental health emotional wellbeing

Stress, Mental Health & Emotional - Wellbeing

  • Depression

    • 20% of US population experiences an episode of depression in their lifetime

  • Anxiety

    • 19 million American adults

Stress feelings

Stress Feelings

  • Worry

  • Tense

  • Tired

  • Mood Swings

  • Depressed

  • Back & Neck Pain

  • Anger

Job stress


Job Stress

Increased workloads

Workplace issues

Company Layoffs

Computer Conversions

Unhealthy behaviors


Unhealthy Behaviors

Overeating and/or unhealthy eating

Not eating


Use of alcohol or other substances


Not enough sleep or rest

Stress eating

Stress Eating

  • 79% of women and 69% of men report stress eating

  • Sweets and salty foods most common

Stress and alcohol substance abuse

Stress and Alcohol & Substance Abuse

Heavy drinking is consuming alcohol in excess of 1 drink per day on average for women and greater than 2 drinks per day on average for men

(National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2004).

Stress and inactivity

Stress and Inactivity

  • Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, more than 50% of U.S. adults do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits

  • 26% are not active at all in their leisure time.

    (Centers for Disease Control)

Identify your stress behaviors


Identify YOUR Stress & Behaviors

Define stress

Identify stressors in your life

Identify unhealthy behaviors

Stress management techniques


Stress Management Techniques

Change your thinking

Change your behavior

Change your lifestyle

Change your thinking

Change your thinking

  • Re-framing: Change the way you are currently looking at the situation.

  • Positive thinking: Positive attitudes go a long way in helping us cope with the demands of work and personal life.

Change your behavior lifestyle

Change Your Behavior & Lifestyle

  • Exercise

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Spiritual Activity

  • Sleep

  • Reevaluate your time

  • Stress-buster buddy

Change your behavior lifestyle1

Change Your Behavior & Lifestyle

  • Deep Breathing

  • Keep a sense of humor

  • Express your feelings

  • Spend time outdoors

  • Plan fun time

  • Eat right

Stress busting foods


Stress-Busting Foods

Complex carbs

Complex Carbs





Fatty fish

Fatty Fish

Black tea

Black Tea





Bedtime snack

Bedtime Snack

Manage your stress


Manage your Stress

Take decisive actions

Take care of yourself

Get Support

Thanksgiving be grateful

Thanksgiving – Be Grateful!

  • Being thankful vs. grateful!

  • Write down three things that you are grateful for today.

  • Repeat this every day.

  • Research has shown, it’ll make you happy!

Create a gratitude journal

Create a Gratitude Journal

  • Choose Your Journal

  • Be Consistent

  • Write at Least 3 to 5 Things

  • Be as Specific as You Can

  • Turn Negatives into Positives

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Feeling overwhelmed

Feeling Overwhelmed

  • If you are struggling to manage stress in your life, you are never alone.

  • The EAP is free to you and your family.

  • Counseling is ALWAYS confidential.

  • Simply call to schedule an appointment:

  • 866-750-1327


  • Access Code: Salt Lake Community College

Accessing the eap


Accessing the EAP


  • Learn about EAP

  • Worklife/Wellness website (Financial, Legal, etc.

  • Request RBH eAccessTM

  • Ask questions

  • Get crisis support

  • Request counseling

  • Access work-life services

Access Code: Salt Lake Community College

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