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Unformatted text preview: Study Unit Time and Stress Management The skills taught in this study unit will benefit everyone. Everyone deals with stress—both good and bad—everyday. This study unit will teach you how to apply stress-reducing techniques to tense situations. In this study unit, you’ll learn how to bring your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing patterns back to a natural, balanced state of relaxation during stressful times. You’ll discover there are many productive ways to cope with stress. Much of the stress in our lives seems to stem from having too much to do in too little time. In the second half of this study unit we’ll help you determine ways to better manage that all- important treasure, time. You’ll learn how to effectively manage your time by discovering the importance of planning, goal setting, and analyzing your time usage. You’ll learn how to change those habits that are preventing you from using your time most effectively. After completing this study unit, you’ll be able to · Describe the art of relaxation · List commonly practiced stress-reduction techniques that should be avoided · Discuss effective stress management coping strategies · Identify common stressors and symptoms of stress · List tips for dealing with emotional and social stress · Define the basic philosophy of mental health · Explain the importance of setting lifestyle and lifetime goals · Determine how you spend your time · Eliminate time wasters · Eat, sleep, and exercise to increase your energy · Set goals and determine priorities · Establish efficient, effective daily routines Preview iii INTRODUCTION TO STRESS MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 RELAXATION AND OTHER COPING STRATEGIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Art of Relaxation Harmful Coping Strategies Beneficial Coping Strategies IDENTIFYING STRESSORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 DEVELOPING A STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Special Tips for Stress Management The Four Facets of a Stress Management Program Guidelines for Personal Stress Management The Philosophy of Mental Health Lifestyle Goals Optimizing Stress Stress Relief Techniques for the Sedentary Worker Commonly Asked Questions about Stress Management THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Analyze and Record Your Current Activities Analyze Your Time Usage Eliminate Wasted Time Handle Work Overload Understand Your Body’s Cues SETTING GOALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Why Are Goals Important? How Do You Choose Long-term Goals? What Are Your Goals? How Do You Reach Your Goals? PLANNING YOUR TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 SELF-CHECK ANSWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 APPENDIX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 EXAMINATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Contents v INTRODUCTION TO STRESS MANAGEMENT When was the last time you took time out to relax or meditate? WhenWhen was the last time you took time out to relax or meditate?...
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