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Dealing with Stress. ...can’t live with it; can’t live without it. Stress: a Definition. Stress is the uncontrollable urge to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who doesn’t realize how much he is ticking me off. Your Definition of Stress:. We know we’re stressed when:.

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dealing with stress

Dealing with Stress

...can’t live with it; can’t live without it.

stress a definition

Stress: a Definition

Stress is the uncontrollable urge to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who doesn’t realize how much he is ticking me off.

we know we re stressed when
We know we’re stressed when:
  • We’re constantly tired;
  • We’re constantly thinking of work;
  • We’re constantly complaining;
  • We’re no longer fun to be with;
  • We lose our temper easily;
  • We spend more hours doing less work.
there s good stress bad stress
Good:

Keeps us alert

Keeps our edge

Keeps us interested

Keeps us focused

Keeps us energized

Bad:

Distracts us

Dissipates our talents

Brings on boredom

Dissipates our energy

Exhausts us

There’s good stress & bad stress:
stressors can work independently
Stressors can work independently

Interpersonal:

conflict

mistrust

lack of support

poor communication

Environmental:

“Open Door”

Building/Office Set-up

Organizational:

role conflict

role ambiguity

work overload

Organizational structure

Personal:

type A

intrapersonal

conflict

heredity

Private Life:

family

finances

personal time

health

pressure from friends

how do we know we are stressed
How do we know we are stressed?
  • Physical problems:
    • fatigue
    • insomnia
    • frequent headaches
    • weight loss/gain
    • gastrointestinal problems
    • more serious physical problems
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How do we know we are stressed?
  • Behavioral Problems
    • mood swings
    • irritability
    • loss of caring for others
    • lack of a feeling of control
    • addictive behavior
coping
Coping….
  • Watch your attitude
  • Think positively
  • Think rationally
  • Practice mind control
  • Analyze goals and priorities
  • Prioritize your activities
  • Set achievable goals
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Coping….
  • Recognize your limits
  • Organize your life
  • Be flexible
  • Recognize uncertainty of life
  • Organize each day
  • Budget your time
  • Pace yourself
diminishing stress
Diminishing Stress
  • Recognize the source
  • Avoid negative people
  • Develop nurturing relationships
  • Be honest about your feelings
  • Learn to say “No”
  • Keep physically fit; take a break
  • Ask for help
recognize common errors
Recognize Common Errors
  • Illusion of courtesy
  • Image of availability
  • Low value of one’s own time
  • Desire to be helpful, needed, loved
  • Desire for esteem
  • Desire to be superman/woman
  • Not choosing the “hill to die on”
remember stress is an individual matter

REMEMBER: Stress is an INDIVIDUAL matter

THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR: A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE AND WORK

be convinced

Be Convinced:

We cannot get rid of stress, but we can manage it, and we can prevent it from becoming “burnout”.

are you becoming burned out
Are you becoming “burned out”?
  • Experiencing increased fatigue/lack of energy?
  • Feel as though you’re working harder and accomplishing less?
  • Disenchanted and critical about your work?
  • Too busy for family and friends?
  • Feel trapped?
  • Easily irritated?
  • Life is overwhelming?
manage your stress
MANAGE YOUR STRESS
  • Exercise
  • Take a mental health day/even lunch out
  • Relax, keep a good balance
  • Keep a stress diary, journal
  • Organize and prioritize
  • Delegate
  • Watch smoking, alcohol consumption
  • Laugh
ask yourself
Ask yourself:
  • What’s important? What do I really need to do today?
  • What can I leave till the end of the day?
  • To whom can I delegate this task?
  • How can I step away from the day?
  • What can I give up?
  • What rituals can I re-develop?
a prayer to manage stress
A Prayer to Manage Stress

The Lord is my pace-setter; I shall not rush

He makes me stop for quiet intervals

He provides me with images of stillness to restore my serenity

He leads me in the ways of efficiency through

calmness of mind and guidance to peace.

Even though I have a great many things to accomplish

each day,

I will not fret ,for His presence is here.

His timelessness, His all-importance will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity

by anointing my mind with His oil of tranquility.

My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and

effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours and I shall

walk in the pace of the Lord.