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Dealing with Stress. Chapter 4 http://helpguide.org . Identify the Source of Stress. Some stressors are easy to detect Be honest in identifying your stress Ex = You procrastinate with your work. Your work doesn’t stress you – the putting it off until the last minute does.

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dealing with stress

Dealing with Stress

Chapter 4

http://helpguide.org

identify the source of stress
Identify the Source of Stress
  • Some stressors are easy to detect
  • Be honest in identifying your stress
  • Ex = You procrastinate with your work. Your work doesn’t stress you – the putting it off until the last minute does
defense mechanisms
Defense Mechanisms
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • Displacement = transferring feels about 1 thing / person to another person
  • Denial = Refusing to admit something unpleasant or painful
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3. Projection = Putting the blame on another

person

4. Rationalization = making excuses for your

behavior / actions

5. Withdrawal = drawing away from people to

avoid pain

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6. Regression = using inappropriate, childish

ways of dealing with stress

7. Selective forgetting = push away painful

stressors from your short term memory

unhealthy stress management
Unhealthy Stress Management
  • Smoking / Drinking
  • Overeating / Under eating
  • Withdrawing from friends / family
  • Zoning out for hours in front of TV
  • Avoiding the stress
  • Taking out your stress on others
stress management strategy 1
Stress Management Strategy#1
  • Avoid unnecessary stress
    • Learn how to say ‘no’
    • Avoid people who stress you out
    • Make a ‘to do list’
    • Change your environment
stress management strategy 2
Stress Management Strategy#2
  • Alter the situation
    • Express your feelings (don’t bottle them up)
    • Be willing to compromise (meet in the middle)
    • Be more assertive
    • Manage your time better
stress management strategy 3
Stress Management Strategy#3
  • Be flexible & accept things you can’t change
    • Change your perspective about the stressor
    • Adjust your standards
    • Focus on the positive
    • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
    • Learn to forgive
stress management strategy 4
Stress Management Strategy#4
  • Make time for relaxation
    • Go for a walk
    • Write in a journal
    • Exercise
    • Listen to music
    • Watch a movie
    • Go to a restaurant
stress management strategy 5
Stress Management Strategy #5
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle
    • Exercise regularly
    • Eat a healthy diet
    • Reduce caffeine and sugar
    • Get enough sleep (7 – 8 hours/ night)