Coping skills training Session -1



KNOW MORE ABOUT STRESS

Aim:  1. To understand the concept of stress

         2. To understand their source and existence of stress

         3. To understand their reactions to stress

NATURE OF STRESS

                     Stress = Demand - coping resources


1.      Stress is inevitable

2.      Stress can be positive as well as negative

3.      Stress can be harmful to health

4.      We can prevent, control and cope up with stress.


NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF STRESS

1.      Promoting negative thinking

2.      Damaging self-confidence

3.      Narrowing attention

4.      Preoccupation

5.      Consumes mental energy

6.      Generate unpleasant emotion

7.      Interpersonal problem

8.      Many of our bad habits and illness are due to the effect of stress


POSITIVE EFFECTS

 

1.      Stress is a source of energy

2.      Prepare the body to meet challenges

3.      Physiological alertness and arousal give signal to us


STRESS AND OUR PERFORMANCE RELATIONSHIP


 

Figure – 1 shows the relationship between stress and performance

Passive – waiting for something to happen (chance)

Active – make something to happen (choice)

Confused – obstacle or lack of clear plan or goal (confuse)

Withdraw – give up, avoidance (cut down)

 

Confusion – red

Chance – yellow                     similar to traffic signal

Choice - green

Example of our thinking, feeling and action and its outcome;

 

Your

Chance

Choice

Confusion

Thinking

No thinking

Believe in luck

Clear thinking

Plan and goal

Believe your ability

Unclear /wrong thinking

Doubt

Feeling

Don’t feel the importance

No motivation

Regulated feelings

Self-motivation

Heightened, unregulated feelings

External motivation

Action

Joy in inaction

Pleasure seeking

Low risk taking

Joy in action

Moderate risk taking

 

Work on unclear plan and goal

Example

Upcoming exam/interview

Not preparing well

Procrastinate

Active preparation

Regular study habit

Unrealistic expectation

Conflicting motives

Stress

Distress probably will follow

Good stress

Distress now