2017-09 FTHC In-Service: Stress
What to do about Stress.
You can learn to recognize
and manage the stress in your life.
A word from the French, "estresse", which means narrowness. In medicine, stress is defined as 'the result produced when internal and external forces cause a disruption in our equilibrium (balance), or produce strain. In health care, it describes the physical and psychological forces that are experienced by individuals. These forces can include:
Fear, Anxiety, Crisis, Grief, Disease, Pain, and Joy
Stress is the body's reaction to feeling under pressure
Stress is any change you must adjust to
Interestingly, stress can be POSITIVE, such as the excitement following a promotion or pay raise, or an exciting family event.
Stress can be NEGATIVE, such as feeling overwhelmed by an increase in job responsibilitiesIt is obvious that we cannot avoid all the stresses that affect us as we live through many of life's experiences, but we CAN learn to develop some helpful coping mechanisms.
First, consider why it is important to recognize and manage some of the stresses that we may encounter. When stress occurs in quantities that the system cannot handle, the body may experience pathological changes. THIS MEANS THAT STRESS CAN MAKE US SICK. Consider the following Physical stressors:
PHYSICALLY, unmanaged stress can show up as problems with
MENTALLY or EMOTIONALLY, stress may show up as
COPING SKILLS may be developed and enhanced through
WHAT TO DO? It is important to IDENTIFY the life factors that are stressing us excessively. We need to ask ourselves: " Just what is bothering me?" Some of the common causes of stress overload include
NEXT: Examine your attitude your life problem(s). Attitude
plays a significant role in our ability to help ourselves. A POSITIVE
ATTITUDE empowers us. It enables us to PLAN TO ALTER the things in our
lives that cause us to feel unhappy and anxious. This is really a form of the
PLACEBO EFFECT. When we THINK things will get better, we gain some power. This
means that your mind is a powerful tool always available for your use.
SOME METHODS FOR STRESS REDUCTION:
IT IS IMPORTANT to remember that time will pass, you will face each day, and none of us knows what the future actually holds. Take each day as a gift (the 'present' IS a gift) and use it to enhance your life.
How you use your 24 hours is mostly up to you. Of course, the reality is that
about eight of those hours will be devoted to earning a living, and hopefully
your employment will not be excessively stressful. If your work is a heavy
source of stress, you may want to develop some coping skills that will help you
to manage your daily stress. Hopefully, this presentation has motivated you to
think about the stress in your life, and to learn as much as possible about how
to plan your own stress management strategies!
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