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Stress Management . MCPS Employee Assistance Program 240-314-1040. Outcomes. To identify personal stressors To understand the physiological impact of stress on our bodies and mind To learn and practice stress management techniques to cope more effectively with stress. What is “Stress” ?.

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    1. Stress Management MCPS Employee Assistance Program 240-314-1040

    2. Outcomes • To identify personal stressors • To understand the physiological impact of stress on our bodies and mind • To learn and practice stress management techniques to cope more effectively with stress

    3. What is “Stress” ? • The original definition of stress was by Hans Selye • “The non-specific response of the body to any demand for change".

    4. FIGHT Or FLIGHT

    5. Physiological Response to Stress • Stress hormones released • Increased heart rate • Increased blood pressure • Increased rate of breathing • Blood rushes to vital organs • Digestive system shuts down • Muscles tense

    6. What causes YOU stress?

    7. How Does Stress Affect You? Physical Symptoms Tight neck and shoulders Pounding heart Chest pain Headaches High blood pressure Diarrhea Constipation Fatigue Emotions Depression Anger Irritability Low self esteem Apathy impatience Behavior Negativity Increase in smoking Increase in drinking Reckless driving Forgetfulness Drug use Overeating Undereating

    8. What do YOU do to Manage Stress?

    9. Stress Management Techniques Relaxation Exercises • deep breathing • progressive muscle relaxation • guided imagery

    10. Stress Squares Color Key ` More Relaxed Less Relaxed

    11. AAAbc’s Technique • Alter the stressor: • direct communication • problem solving • time management • Avoid the stressor: • remove yourself from the situation • Accept the stressor by: • building your resilience • changing your perception

    12. MCPSEmployee Assistance Program • Assessment, short-term counseling and referral • Problem types • Cost • Eligibility • Confidentiality • Other services: workshops, crisis response, newsletter, access point to mediation • Times/location

    13. Thanks for coming!For more information about the EAP, contact us at 240-314-1040or visit our website athttp://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/eap

    14. Biodot Color Key More Relaxed Less Relaxed