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Managing stress

Managing Stress

Chris Nihil, MA, CEAP

Assist U Employee Assistance Services


Life energy

Life Energy

“Our life energy is our allotment of time here on earth, the hours of precious life available to us . . . it is limited and irretrievable . . . our choices about how we use it express meaning and purpose of our time here on earth.”

Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin


Stress

Stress

  • Is the state of dynamic tension created when you respond to perceived demands and pressures from outside and from within yourself


Stages of stress

Stages of Stress

  • Stage One – Optimal Functioning

  • Stage Two – Symptomatic

  • Stage Three - Survival


Stress1

Stress

  • Good vs. Bad Stress

  • Predictable vs. Unpredictable


Signs and symptoms of stress

Signs and Symptoms of Stress


Distorted thinking

All or Nothing Thinking

Emotional Reasoning

Should Statements

Labeling

Personalization and Blame

Overgeneralize

Mental Filter - Negative

Discounting the Positive

Jumping to Conclusions

Magnification or Minimization

Distorted Thinking


Choices

Choices

  • About ourselves:

    • Choices - power/outcome

    • Perceptions

    • Expectations

    • Judgements

    • Emotions


Techniques

Techniques

  • I can control:

    • My thoughts

    • My responses

    • My ability to enhance my health, my work, my relationships


Perception

Perception

  • Often the way we see the problem, is the problem.


Expectations

Expectations

  • “We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are”

    • The Talmud


Judgments

Judgments

  • We often rush to judgment before we have all of the facts


Stress management techniques

Stress Management Techniques

  • Take time out

  • Process your feelings

  • Understand your physical reactions

  • Take action:

    • Do something physical, soothing for yourself

    • Do something mentally/emotionally soothing for yourself


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