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Stress Management:

Stress Management Presented by the Tomás Rivera Center Arranged by Dionne S. Davila, M.A

What Is Stress:

What Is Stress Stress is the body’s automatic response to any physical or mental demand placed on it. Adrenaline is a chemical naturally produced in our body as a response to stress . Fight or Flight response is illicited.

Is All Stress Bad?:

Is All Stress Bad? Moderate levels of stress may actually improve performance and efficiency Too little stress may result in boredom Too much stress may cause an unproductive anxiety level

Identifying Stressors:

Identifying Stressors Situations, activities, and relationships that cause ‘trauma’ to one’s physical, emotional, or psychological self


Stressors School Work Family Relationships Legal Finances Health/illness Environment Living Situation

Negative Effects of Stress:

Negative Effects of Stress 1. Physical Weight gain/loss Unexpected hair loss Heart palpitations High blood pressure 2. Emotional Mood swings Anxiety Can lead to depression Can also lead to unhealthy coping strategies (i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc)

Managing Stress:

Managing Stress Stress Relief Strategies 1. Body relaxation excercises - breathing techniques - guided imagery 2. Physical exercise -yoga -work out routine 3. Meditation 4. Counseling -talk therapy -life coaching

Other Helpful tips :

Other Helpful tips Changing perceptions and expectations Break jobs/tasks into manageable parts Set reasonable/realistic goals Avoid procrastination Set boundaries Don’t compromise your values/beliefs Schedule “me” time

Benefits of Stress Management:

Benefits of Stress Management Physical health gets better -more energy and stamina Emotions stabilized -positive attitude -hopeful/happier Ability to focus improved -able to learn and achieve


Relax Our brain fires electrical waves at 14 or more cycles a second. These are beta waves and are great for getting tasks done, but not for learning new things. Taking a few minutes to relax deeply slows your brain waves down. These slower waves are alpha waves. They occur at between 7 and 14 cycles a second Studies show alpha waves improve learning. ----”OnCourse” by Skip Downing

The Key Word Is….:

The Key Word Is…. Balance

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