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Managing Stress. Chris Nihil, MA, CEAP Assist U Employee Assistance Services. Life Energy.

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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
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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