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Stress Busters

Facts:

  • 25 million Americans have high blood pressure, a million more develop it each year.

  • 230 million prescriptions are filled for tranquilizers each year.

  • Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.

Take the stress test

Possible Effects of Unhealthy Stress

Effect Reaction Consequence
Sleeping disorder Loose concentration Loose job
Headaches Fight unnecessarily Divorce
Lack of self-esteem Overeating Heart attack
Feeling hopeless Substance Abuse Suicide

Other Effects: inefficiency, anger, depression, chaos, anxiety, panic attacks

Other Reactions: nervous habits, nail biting, banging head, thumb sucking, whining, silence, withdrawal

Other Consequences: nervous breakdown, illness, injuries, psychotic behavior

Some Examples of Stress Busters

  • Exercise
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Warm bubble bath
  • Music
  • Baking
  • Fireplaces
  • Fish tanks/fountains
  • Air fresheners
  • Vacations
  • Nature walks

Possible Effects of Healthy Stress

Effect Reaction Consequence
Exhilaration Focused energy Project completed
Creativity Brainstorming New Ideas presented
Motivation Increased effort High performance

Other Effects: Good self esteem, more self awareness,

Other Consequences: problems solved, self actualization, being present in the present

 

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