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STRESS

Stress is defined as the physiological and psychological response to situations or events that disturb the equilibrium of an organism.

Research shows that stress is a contributing factor in a majority of ailments and diseases. Frequent colds, arthritis, digestive problems and headaches all may result from impaired immune capabilities due to stress. Even cancer and heart disease have been linked to stress. When stress is present not only the body is affected, but also the mind. What once seemed clear to an individual is often seen with distortion due to the effects of the stress.

These physical ailments are a contributing factor to absenteeism in the workplace. Absenteeism costs the employer thousands of dollars every year.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Are you, your family, loved ones or your employees experiencing any of these symptoms of stress?

  • Health problems
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Excessive worrying
  • Cynicism, negativism
  • Irritability
  • Hair trigger display of emotions
  • Low morale
  • Tardiness or absenteeism
  • Communication breakdown
  • Substance abuse
  • Decreased productivity and creativity
  • Apathy

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THREE PHASES OF STRESS

It is important for every individual to recognize the three phases of stress.

ALARM PHASE: This occurs when any physical or mental trauma releases stress hormones and normal levels of resistance are reduced. Recovery is possible if this situation is short-lived and not severe in nature.

RESISTANCE PHASE: If the stress continues for a period of time the body learns to tolerate the stress stimulus and will increase its resistance. The immune system and other systems within the body will be taxed during this period, even though this is considered a "safe" period.

EXHAUSTION PHASE: At some point in time the body's ability to resist stress will weaken. That is when trouble occurs and the individual needs to seek assistance in developing a plan to manage the stress, and recover from its effects.