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STRESS & STRESS MANAGEMENT: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS. Presented by: Professor Steven P. Dion Sport, Fitness and Leisure Studies Spdion@yahoo.com www.salemstate.edu/~sdion. So… What is Stress?.

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stress stress management practical solutions

STRESS & STRESS MANAGEMENT:PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

Presented by:

Professor Steven P. Dion

Sport, Fitness and Leisure Studies

Spdion@yahoo.com

www.salemstate.edu/~sdion

so what is stress
So… What is Stress?
  • Stress occurs when there is a substantial imbalance between the demands placed on you and your response capability under those conditions, and where the failure to meet those demands has important consequences.
    • STRESS CAUSES MORE STRESS
  • SIMPLY PUT - Stress is our bodies mental and physical response to change.
what would life be like without stress
What Would Life Be Like Without Stress?
  • Life would be BORING!!
    • We’d probably be dead or really dumb.
  • Stress and our response to stressors has enabled us to be what we are today.
  • Without it – we couldn’t learn and/or adapt.
    • Eustress (good) and Distress (bad)
when stress gets in the way
WHEN STRESS GETS IN THE WAY
  • How does stress negatively impact your life today, tomorrow, 10-20 years from now?
  • Acute & Chronic Stressors
    • Acute stress – immediate – reactionary
    • Chronic stress – over a period of time = causes us STRAIN
physiological response to stress
Physiological Response to Stress
  • Acute Stressors:
    • We are animals designed to cope with this type of stress. Fight / Flight / F---- & F---- response
    • SURVIVAL OF THE FITIST
  • Activation of the Stress Response:
    • ADRENALIN RELEASE
      • HR/ BP/ Sweat / Muscle Tension/ Increased Metabolism, Sugar & Fat Release etc.
      • A 3-5 minute life or death explosion.
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Chronic Stressors:
    • We are not optimally suited to cope with everyday nagging stressors without a release.
    • Our own defense mechanisms are making many of us sick.
  • So – Stress can manifest itself in many ways in your life. For example:
    • Fatigue, Illness, Anxiety, Cranky & Moody, Argumentative, Forgetfulness, Muscle Tension, Headaches, Depression, & Feeling just plain CRAZY sometimes.
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So.. What can we do about it?
      • Identify the stressors
      • Make a decision to either: ignore it, co-exist with it, or change it
    • Sometimes the stressor dictates the reaction
      • You may not want to quit your job, get a divorce or leave your family – but sometimes you need a break or an alternative.
    • Realize – You Come First – You MUST BECOME your number one priority
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Taking Action
  • Recognize what’s causing the stress
  • Decide on an action
  • Examine the consequences of your action or lack of
  • Take action – either: ignore, cope, eliminate
  • Monitor your progress
  • Reevaluate the outcomes of your actions
  • Reward yourself **
stress management practices
Traditional Methods

Exercise / Yoga

Diet habits

Massage

Religion/Spirituality

Communication

Alcohol

Smoking (?)

Alternative Methods

Rolfing

Acupuncture

Acupressure

Reflexology

Light therapy

Sound therapy

Meditation

Relaxation

STRESS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
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HUMOR - The Ultimate Stress Reliever
    • Look for the laughter in your life
    • Use humor as a problem solving tool
    • Live a happier, healthier humor-filled life
    • Treat yourself with kindness
    • Smile at your imperfections
    • Find people to laugh with every day
    • Recognize change is hard
    • Prepare for predictable stressors
    • Laugh at the things you can’t control
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Look for the humor in your life
    • Humor is a skill that we need to practice
    • We take ourselves too seriously
  • Use humor as a problem solving tool
    • Humor is being able to recognize two varying view points at the same time
      • A joke is a problem with a unique solution
  • Live a happier, healthier humor-filled life
    • Humor helps build a stronger mind, body and spirit
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Treat yourself with kindness
    • We are more comfortable with negativity
    • Negativity is contagious and rewarded
      • When you’re down – people ask what’s wrong.
  • Smile at your imperfections
    • Distorted view of yourself

(That’s not my voice?)

    • Negative Self-Talk – easy to doubt yourself (The misdirected wave)
  • Find people to laugh with
    • Gravitate to those who make you laugh and shy away from those who bring doubt and misery into your life.
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Recognize – Change is hard
    • Realize the only person you can change is you.
      • Toilet paper role direction
    • We are creatures of habit (the 3 minute routine)
  • Prepare for predictable stressors (CRUNCH TIME)
    • Time constraints on our lives.
      • Technologies leash
    • Pictures and mementos to educe emotions of happiness
      • To our memory – an emotion is as real as the event itself
  • Laugh at the things you can’t control
    • Stress caused by 2 main things – fear and your choices of how to handle that situation.
local resources
Local Resources
  • Exercise – Right here at the YMCA – see Brandi
  • Massage Therapy – Right here at the YMCA- Tracy Anderson & Jenn Walsh
  • Acupuncture – Wellspring – Regina Gibbons – 781-639-0037 - Marblehead
  • Psychotherapist – Marblehead Counseling Center – 781-631-8273 – sliding scale fee
any questions

ANY QUESTIONS

THANK YOU FOR COMING & ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON