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Impacts of Stress and Interventions

Impacts of Stress and Interventions

Update: 2020-11-07
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Impacts of Stress and Interventions

Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP

Executive Director: AllCEUs Counselor Education

Host: Counselor Toolbox Podcast, NCMHCE Exam Review Podcast

Objectives

~ Define stress and distress

~ Identify the impacts of stress

~ Explore sources of stress and interventions

Stress

~ Stress is anything that requires energy

~ Eustress

~ Distress

~ You only have so much energy in your energy bank—How do you want to spend it?

Impact

~ Irritability, Anger

~ Depression, Anxiety

~ Sleep Disturbances

~ Reduced Immunity

~ Digestive Issues

~ Weight Gain

~ Increased Pain

~ Addiction to Stimulants

~ Increased Risk of Chemical and Behavioral Addiction

~ Altered Cortisol, Hormone and Neurotransmitter Levels

~ Infertility

~ Social Withdrawal

~ Rapid Aging

~ Heart Disease


Sources

~ Emotional Distress

~ Things that make you

~ Sad

~ Angry

~ Envious/jealous

~ Worried/anxious

~ Overwhelmed

~ Rumination


~ Emotional Eustress

~ Things that make you

~ Curious

~ Happy

~ Exhilarated


Sources

~ Cognitive Stress

~ Depending on the situation can be distress or eustress

~ Sources

~ Decision making

~ Planning

~ Problem solving

~ Thinking/learning (The brain is one of the biggest consumers of blood glucose)

~ Interpreting/Memory retrieval

~ Concentrating (like while driving) and filtering out extraneous stimuli


Sources

~ Physical Stress

~ Exercise

~ Daily repair and rejuvenation

~ Digestion

~ Sleep deprivation

~ Stimulants

~ Nutritional imbalances (over or under)

~ Dehydration

~ Toxins like alcohol, VOCs, tobacco

~ Injuries

~ Pregnancy/childbirth

~ Illness (including autoimmune diseases)


Sources

~ Environmental Stress

~ Light

~ Circadian rhythms

~ Flourescent lights

~ Noise

~ Traffic

~ Air conditioners

~ Wind turbines

~ People and animals

~ Temperature

~ Touch/Tactile

~ Smell

~ Noxious

~ Pleasant


~ EM Fields, (2) (3)

~ Severe headaches

~ Tension headaches

~ Pressure in the chest

~ Heart palpitations

~ Sleep problems (low melatonin)

~ Sleep apnea

~ Tinnitus

~ Fatigue

~ Memory loss

~ Redness in skin with itching, rashes, and tingling on the arms or face


Sources

~ Social

~ Empathy

~ Compassion

~ Interaction/communication

~ Positive

~ Conflictual

~ Attachment and abandonment issues

Summary

~ Stress is ubiquitous and comes in many forms

~ The goal is to reduce distress to free up energy for eustress and still have some left over.

~ Like a cell phone battery

~ Use the energy for the apps and activities you want

~ Eliminate or suspend apps that drain your battery

~ Each day your phone needs time to plugin and recharge

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