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Stress is defined as mental or physical strain, pressure, tension, worry or anxiety.

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It·s because of the same reason why this zebra is loosing its stripes, STRESS!

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Who does stress affect?
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YOU Family, Friends, and others around you Attitudes Thoughts and Feelings Habits Responsibilities Life

Physical and Emotional Stress
‡ Stress can change you physically and emotionally. Stress develops your emotional intelligence and creative capabilities. ‡ Without learning how to recognize the effects of stress and how to deal with them, stress could hit you hard and unexpectedly. ‡ Stress affects the body and the mind, building up pressure, until one or both, fall apart. ‡ Knowing how to balance the right amount of stress in your life can change your life tremendously.

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Behavioral Symptoms of stress
Symptoms of stress can also affect your relationships. People around you are often an easy target to blame or yell at. You might be short tempered or irritable, which causes you to take it out on yourself and others. ‡ Overeating or under eating ‡ Over sleeping or insomnia ‡ Isolation from people and activities ‡ Being irresponsible ‡Increase of alcohol, gambling, sex, shopping and drugs ‡ Biting nails ‡ Grinding your teeth ‡ Short temper

How does stress affect your emotional health?
People find them selves, Not enjoying life Not sleeping at night Suffering from mood swings Depression Memory lapses Flashbacks or past situations

How does stress affect your health? Disrupted sleep Loss of energy and motivation Lack of interest and ability for pleasure Lastly serious emotional and physical illness The best way to break the cycle is to balance your body's sleep patterns and natural ability to manage the production of chemicals and hormones. You do this through the way you think, the food you eat, exercise, meditation, relaxation, fun, rest and sleep etc.

Stress Management Strategies and Tips
Five Stress Management Strategies!

There are five stress management areas to consider: 1. Attitude, thoughts, feelings! The inside: As my mother always told me, 'Sometimes you can't choose what happens to you in life, but you can choose how to respond to what you are given.' Your internal beliefs, thoughts and feelings all help you to deal with stress. Stress management techniques will strengthen your mind and spirit. These are the most powerful strategies to implement. If you practise them, you will be able to deal with stress of any kind. ‡Feelings - Let go of unexpressed feeling using John Gray's Feeling Letter. ‡Meditation. This helps to slow down your breathing, heart rate and thoughts. It also increases your stress threshold.

‡Relaxation. Do anything that helps you relax

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‡Beliefs. Change your beliefs and you'll change your stress levels. ‡Thought patterns. Your feelings are indicative of your thoughts.
‡Meaning and purpose. Create meaning in your life. You'll soon let go of the small things. ‡Laughter. ‡Visualization and imagination will free your mind of your worries

1.How does stress affect your health Physically?!
Health related problems include: ‡Light-headedness ‡Headaches ‡Dry mouth and throat ‡Difficulty in swallowing ‡Difficulty in speaking ‡Feeling cold ‡Feeling hot and sweaty ‡Colds, flu and other infections including allergy disorders. ‡High blood pressure ‡Heart problems ‡Cold sores ‡Fast paced heart ‡Fatigue ‡Muscle pain ‡Nausea and vomiting ‡Insomnia ‡Weak immune system All of these symptoms can turn into heart conditions, cancers and other serious illnesses.

2. The Mental Symptoms of Stress
‡ Loss of objectivity ‡ Negative thought ‡ Insecurity and self doubt ‡ Forgetfulness ‡ Unfocused thoughts ‡ Indecisiveness ‡ Confusion Your thoughts and beliefs are the greatest help to your ability or inability to cope. Being negative and telling yourself that you can or cannot do something will only cause your brain to think that way then it will start to act in that behavior.

3. Stress Threshold!
Your threshold is where your pain tolerance reaches the maximum level of being able to bear something for so long. Every now and then you will experience a push to your threshold. But take comfort in the fact that it will make you stronger and help you handle stress. Everyone has a different threshold. If you experienced childhood traumas or hardships, your threshold may be low. Whereas, not having experience in hardship will cause you high threshold but as time goes by it will go lower. 1. Meditation is the best technique to raise your threshold. 2. Changing the way you think changes what you perceive as stressful. As your threshold rises, so will your ability to handle challenges.

4. Your Capabilities
Your capabilities and efficiency determines what you can handle. New situations may leave you high tolerance to stress if your management skills are not developed. As you experience new situations and opportunities you will soon be able to cope with stress in a better way. Change is what helps you grow your tolerance levels for stress and many other things.

5. Habits and behavior!
Your behavior is passed down from your parents, older siblings, TV, teachers and peers. Your automatic response to stress is not always YOU reacting. You are a product of your habits. How you deal with stress has been handed down to you. You can change a habit. Habits are key to managing stress.

This exercise will help you

increase your awareness

about stress.

1. List four positive and four negative events that caused change in your life. 2. Take each event one at a time. Close your eyes and remember everything you can about how you responded. Answer the following questions for each event: 2a. What were your feelings? 2b. What were your thoughts? 2c. How did you behave? What habits started or increased? 2d. Did you get sick? How? 3. Now that you have completed the four questions for all eight events, go through your answers and: 3a. Circle any feeling, thought, action or illness that shows up more than three times. 3b. Underline any feeling thought, action or illness that is unusual for you. 4. Complete the following paragraph: When I am under stress, I often think__(THOUGHTS)__which creates feelings in me of __(FEELINGS)__I tend to act out by __(BEHAVIORS)__and I it shows up in my body __(SYMPTOMS)___

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