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Managing

Stress

What is Stress?

A physical and emotional reaction to pressure,


change, fear or the unknown.

It is your total response to an environmental


condition or stimulus, also known as a stressor

Work Stress

Also known as Occupational Stress

It is the adverse reaction people have to


excessive pressures or other types of demand
placed on them at work.

Stress is not an illness it is a state. However, if it


becomes excessive and prolonged, mental and
physical illness may develop.

Stages of Stress

ALARM
STAGE

RESISTANC
E STAGE

EXHAUSTI
ON STAGE

Factors Influencing Work


Stress

Demands

Relationships

Change

Management Style

Working Conditions

ABC Strategy

How to Manage Stress


Action Oriented:
Managing

your time:

Identify

where you can improve and use time management tools


like to-do lists etc.

Managing other people:

People can be a significant source of stress. Being assertive


and managing conflicts will ensure that your needs are
addressed.

Managing your work environment:

Workspace stress can come from irritating, frustrating or


uncomfortable conditions workspace. Take action to minimize
stress in this environment

How to Manage Stress


Emotion Oriented Approaches:

Emotion oriented approaches are useful


when the stress you are experiencing
comes from the way you perceive a
situation.

Be aware, use rational & positive thinking to


change the way you perceive stressful events

Use affirmations & imagery to overcome


short-term negative thinking

How to Manage Stress

Acceptance Oriented Approach:

Acceptance-oriented approaches apply to situations


where you have no power to change what happens,
and where situations are genuinely bad.
Use

techniques likemeditationandphysical relaxationto calm


yourself when you feel stressed.

Take

advantage of yoursupport network this could include your


friends and family, as well as people at work and professional
providers, such as counselors or family doctors.

Get

enoughexercise andsleep, and learn how to make the most of


yourdown time, so that you can recover from stressful events.

Learn

how tocope with changeandbuild resilience, so that you can


overcome setbacks.

In Conclusion

To control your stress, conduct a job analysis, so that you


know your most important priorities at work.

Learn good time management strategies, so that you can


handle your priorities effectively.

Try to let go of negative thinking habits, and become a


positive thinker by using affirmations and visualization.

Create defenses against stressful situations that you cannot


control use your network, be sure to get enough exercise
and sleep, and learn how to relax.