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Stress Management A Life Skills Workshop Presented by Dr Lowell G Roddy LMFT Assistant Director Counseling Testing Center Austin Peay State University 1 Learning Objectives Learn the characteristics of stress Learn some common stressors Using a stress inventory learn your level of stress Learn ten ways to reduce your stress level Practice a stress reduction exercise 2 What is Stress Pressure perceived to be from the outside that can make you feel tense inside The rate of wear tear on the body The nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it It s the way your mind and body react to any new threatening or exciting situation It s what you feel when there s just too darned much going on 3 What stresses you the most A whiteboard exercise 4 How Stressed Are You 5 Stress Can Be Helpful or Harmful Helpful eustress extra energy to meet physical challenges solve problems and reach goals Harmful distress can cause headaches backaches loss of appetite fatigue digestive problems depression difficulty focusing thoughts and impaired memory 6 Physical Symptoms of Stress Allergies Change in appetite Back pain Chest pain Breathlessness Clammy hands Dizziness Fatigue Racing heartbeat Muscle tension Restlessness Rashes Sleeping problems Stomach aches High blood pressure Nightmares 7 Behavioral Symptoms of Stress Neglecting appearance Arguing Avoiding tasks and responsibilities Difficulty concentrating Being late to work Overeating Snapping at people Increasing use of alcohol or other drugs Crying easily Watching more TV Withdrawing from family and friends 8 Emotional Symptoms of Stress Anger Anxiety Denial of a problem Depression Difficulty making decisions Loneliness Nervousness Feeling powerless Feeling unhappy for no reason Being easily upset Worrying frequently Feeling trapped 9 Events do not cause stress Stress is caused by our beliefs about the events 10 How can I manage my stress 11 NO 12 YES 13 Good personal habits are essential for stress management Eat right



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