Stress Management ©. What Is Stress?. Mind-body arousal or response to a stressor — adversely impacts homeostasis (the body’s equilibrium) The human stress response is always real. The impact of stress and your reaction to it depends on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the stress.
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Constipation or diarrhea
Dryness of the mouth
Elevated blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Tightness of the chest, neck, jaw, and back muscles
Weight loss or gainPhysical Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Do not ignore what distresses you, but rather determine what causes you to be distressed
Assess how you are reacting to stress (i.e., becoming distressed)
Determine in specific ways how your body responds emotionally and physiologically to stress
Become more resilient in maintaining your flexibility and balance in dealing with stressful situationsReactions to Stress
Can you avoid or eliminate some of your stress completely? causes you to be distressed
Can you shorten your exposure to stress, even if only temporarily?
Can you impact some type of change in the stress?
Can you reduce the intensity of your emotional response to the stress?Recognize What You Can Change
Hold this tensed position for 15 seconds and then relax the rest of your body for 30 seconds
Tense and relax the muscles of your shoulders
Imagine the remaining tension flowing out of your bodyProgressive Muscular Relaxation
Identify the five major stressors that you believe will be associated with your chosen career. Describe the strategies that you will plan to implement once working in this career to avoid or eliminate these stressors, shorten your exposure to these stressors, even if only temporarily, impact some type of change in these stressors, and reduce the intensity of your emotional response to these stressors. Describe the role of your attitude or perceptions in managing these stressors.