“ Keeping All Your Balloons in the Air” : “ Keeping All Your Balloons in the Air” Shubham & prathvi PowerPoint Presentation: Are you Stressed? : Feel like you are Losing It? Stress…: Stress… Researchers define stress as a physical, mental, or emotional response to events that causes bodily or mental tension. Simply put, stress is any outside force or event that has an effect on our body or mind. What Causes Us Stress? : What Causes Us Stress? While incarcerated prisoners make twenty decisions a day, those of us walking the streets make one hundred & twenty decisions a day. -Prison Fellowship Signs of Stress: Signs of Stress Physical Headache Back Pain Fatigue Aches and Pains Mental Difficulty Concentrating Increased Errors Poor Decision Making Myths of Stress: Myths of Stress All stress is bad Stress will not hurt you What stresses you out also stresses me out No symptoms, no stress Only major symptoms of stress are harmful How many hats do you wear?: How many hats do you wear? Personal Work Related PowerPoint Presentation: Self Your #1 "Hat"... Managing Stress: Managing Stress What is your favorite stress reliever? How Can We Manage Stress?: How Can We Manage Stress? Live with an Attitude of Gratitude Be Grateful for what you have. Time Management: Time Management Get organized Get structured Set short term goals Set long term goals Use a planner: daily schedule and “To Do” list Relaxation: Relaxation Breathing: practice deep breathing Progressive muscle relaxation Guided Imagery Meditation Tapes, CDs etc.: Either something structured (commercial) or soothing music Choose and schedule it in Cognitive (Thoughts): Cognitive (Thoughts) Pay attention to what you say to yourself Identify negative thinking and irrational beliefs Negative thinking leads to stress and anxiety Teach thought-stopping techniques Teach affirmations PowerPoint Presentation: One negative thought leads to another……….. then another……….. then another ….. Pretty soon you have ruined your entire life Spirituality: Spirituality Church, etc Help others Spend quiet time every day Be thankful Think positively Put your faith to work! "I am at peace in the midst of chaos or madness. No person, place or thing has the power to upset me.". Eating: Eating Cut down on sugar, caffeine, processed foods Eat nutritiously: all food groups, especially fresh fruits and veggies Eat a little every couple of hours or so Eat slowly More Ideas…: More Ideas… Laugh Often Try a New Thing Cry Get Enough Sleep Exercise & Fresh Air Build a Support System – Friends, Family and Co-Workers SAY “NO” OCCASSIONALY Even More Ideas: Even More Ideas Let go of perfectionism Learn to be flexible Relax your standards Focus less on pleasing others and more on pleasing yourself Stay away from negative people Surround yourself with upbeat, flexible and fun people. Personal Stress First Aid Kit: Personal Stress First Aid Kit What would you put in yours? I have in mine… Name Your Stressor : Name Your Stressor Person Place Thing Combination Ann Landers said…: Ann Landers said… “People take advantage of you only with your permission” Questions?: Questions?