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Stress Management
for Children, Teens and Adults
also Workplace Stress
Dayton, Ohio (Centerville, Ohio)

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How we can help

Stress and anger are learned behaviors.  Anything learned can be unlearned, and unlearn is to change. 

We are here to help you learn the steps and encourage you to unlearn some of your old habits, and referance your self-concept and take control of a more desired behavior.   Unlearning and letting go of the old habits.

It Involves:

  • Awareness
  • Acceptance
  • Will
  • New Habits
  • Involve of Others
  • Continual Reassessment

Dayton, Ohio -  
Appointments are flexible, available at times convenient to the client, and we are pleased to accept both professional and self-referrals.

We have Group and Private Classes

 

  • Accelerated Stress Management Classes
  • General Stress Management Group Classes
  • Specific Focus Areas - Stress Management Group Classes

What is stress?

The word "stress" is used to describe both external events that make demand on us and the internal responses they trigger. Stress is a normal physical reaction that occurs when you feel threatened or overwhelmed. The perception of a threat is as stressful as a real threat. You perceive a situation as threatening or feel overwhelmed because you are dealing with an unusually large number of everyday responsibilities. With increasing demands of home and work life, many people are under enormous stress. Stress in one setting can affect stress levels in the other. It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life. When our body is subjected to stress over a long period of time, it remains in a prolonged state of preparedness for flight or fight

 

Unmanaged Stress - Why it is Important


Unmanaged stress can destroy your life; it can effect every aspect of your like:

  • Relationships
  • Your Health
  • Your Career
Learn to manage your stress with our help!
 
Origins of Stress
Stress can often originate from sources we hardly ever associate with it.
 
Stress is an inevitable part of life. It is the motivating and productive force of a person. Continual stress, however, can be detrimental and destructive to one's health.
 
A common complaint by many is that they feel consumed with rushing and being hurried all the time. We are rushing to get our families into a multitude of activities and events. There are schedules, demands and time constraints. It seems there is not enough time in the day to do it all. We live in a fast-paced, must have it now society. We forget what it is to relax, slow down and truly enjoy "the present moment".
 
Other examples of stress that results from outside events are job-related stress (such as when your boss gives you unreasonable jobs, working with unreasonable customers), relationship induced stress (such as marital problems, death of a spouse, divorce), money problems (such as when all bills come due), etc.
 
Stress also exists in tandem with the pressure you feel when you perceive that negative consequences are attached to your actions. Stress also stems from conflict, which is not always negative.
 
Decision Making under stress. The greater the stress, the greater the likelihood that a decision-maker will choose a risky alternative. During crisis, the ability of a group to handle difficult tasks requiring intensely focused attention is decreased. The greater the stress, the greater the tendency to make a premature choice of alternatives for a correct response. The greater the stress, the less likely that individuals can tolerate "ambiguity". Under increasing stress, there is a decrease in productive thoughts and an increase in distracting thoughts. The greater the stress, the greater the distortion in perception of threat and poor judgment often occurs. The greater the fear, frustration and hostility aroused by a "crisis", the greater the tendency to aggression and escape behaviors.
 
Prolonged stress can be the cause of many illnesses and inhibit the body's ability to heal.
 
Clinical studies have proven a clear and direct link between stress and illness.
 
Early warning Signs of Stress
Menstrual problems; Speech difficulties; Impatience; Headaches; Infertility; Ulcers; Nail biting; Grinding teeth;  Low blood sugar; High blood sugar; Need more sleep; Tired, but can't sleep; Sudden weight loss; Sudden weight gain; Low blood pressure; High blood pressure; Lack of coordination; Repeated influenza; Repeated colds; Muscle aches; Hair loss; Chest pain; Forgetfulness; Nervous talking; Lower back pain; Loss of appetite; Increased appetite; High cholesterol;High triglycerides; Excessive fatigue; Gastric disturbance; and Withdraw from social life.
 
Physical signs and symptoms of stress
Increased heart rate; Pounding heart; Elevated blood pressure; Sweaty palms; Tightness of the chest; Neck, jaw, and back muscles; Headache; Diarrhea; Constipation;Urinary hesitancy; Trembling; Twitching; Stuttering and other speech difficulties; Nausea; Vomiting; Sleep disturbances; Fatigue; Shallow breathing; Dryness of the mouth or throat; Susceptibility to minor illness; Cold hands; Itching; Being easily startled; Chronic pain.
 
Stress is an inevitable part of life. It is the motivating and productive force of a person. Continual stress, however, can be detrimental and destructive to one's health.
 
A common complaint by many is that they feel consumed with rushing and being hurried all the time. We are rushing to get our families into a multitude of activities and events. There are schedules, demands and time constraints. It seems there is not enough time in the day to do it all. We live in a fast-paced, must have it now society. We forget what it is to relax, slow down and truly enjoy "the present moment".
 
Other examples of stress that results from outside events are job related stress (such as when your boss gives you unreasonable jobs, working with unreasonable customers), relationship induced stress (such as marital problems, death of a spouse, divorce), money problems (such as when all bills come due), etc.
 
Stress also exists in tandem with the pressure you feel when you perceive that negative consequences are attached to your actions. Stress also stems from conflict, which is not always negative.
 
Decision Making under stress. The greater the stress, the greater the likelihood that a decision-maker will choose a risky alternative. During crisis, the ability of a group to handle difficult tasks requiring intensely focused attention is decreased. The greater the stress, the greater the tendency to make a premature choice of alternatives for a correct response. The greater the stress, the less likely that individuals can tolerate "ambiguity". Under increasing stress, there is a decrease in productive thoughts and an increase in distracting thoughts. The greater the stress, the greater the distortion in perception of threat and poor judgment often occurs. The greater the fear, frustration and hostility aroused by a "crisis", the greater the tendency to aggression and escape behaviors.
 
Prolonged stress can be the cause of many illnesses and inhibit the body's ability to heal.
 
Clinical studies have proven a clear and direct link between stress and illness.
 
Emotional signs and symptoms of stress
Irritability; Angry outbursts; Hostility; Depression; Jealously; Restlessness; Withdrawal; Anxiousness; Diminished initiative; Feelings of unreality or over-alertness; Reduction of personal involvement with others; Lack of interest; Tendency to cry; Being critical of others; Self-deprecation; Nightmares; Impatience; Decreased perception of positive rxperience opportunities; Narrowed focus; Obsessive rumination; Reduced self-esteem; Insomnia; Changes in eating habits; and Weakened positive emotional response reflexes.
 
Cognitive/Perceptual Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Forgetfulness; Preoccupation; Blocking; Blurred vision; Errors in judging distance; Diminished or exaggerated fantasy life; Reduced creativity; Lack of concentration; Diminished productivity; Lack of attention to detail; Orientation to the past; Decreased psychomotor reactivity and coordination; Attention deficit; Disorganization of thought; Negative self-esteem; Diminished sense of meaning in life; Lack of control/need for too much control; Negative self-statements and negative evaluation of experiences.
 
Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Increased smoking; Aggressive behaviors (such as driving - road rage, etc.); Increased alcohol or drug use; Carelessness; Under-eating; Over-eating; Withdrawal; Listlessness; Hostility; Accident-proneness; Nervous laughter; Compulsive behavior; and Impatience.
 
Clinical studies suggest that anxiety can intensify pain, raise blood pressure and cause a person to feel isolated and out of control in their life.
 
Stress in Children and Young Adult
Children with ADD/ADHD are often in a state of stress in school. It is therapeutic to teach them strategies (at home, school, or in private therapy) to help them calm down and relax. Hyperactive/impulsive children, in particular, gain the most from learning techniques that relax their minds and bodies, recognize their internal feelings, and release inner tension. These strategies empower children with a feeling of peace and self-control. There are a variety of techniques that have proven effective in helping us to slow down, and to improve focus and awareness.
 
Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. Most teens experience more stress when they perceive a situation as dangerous, difficult, or painful and they do not have the resources to cope. Some sources of stress for teens might include:
 
* School demands and frustrations * Negative thoughts and feelings about themselves * Changes in their bodies * Problems with friends * Unsafe living environment/neighborhood * Separation or divorce of parents * Chronic illness or severe problems in the family * Death of a loved one * Moving or changing schools * Taking on too many activities or having too high expectations * Family financial problems
 
Some teens become overloaded with stress. When it happens, inadequately managed of stress can lead to:
 
* Upset stomach, diarrhea, or indigestion * Headache, backache * Insomnia (inability to fall asleep) * Eating too much or too little * Feeling hostile, angry, or irritable * Feeling anxious * Feeling aggress *Withdrawal * Avoiding other people * Crying * Feeling frustrated with things that normally only bother you a little * Poor coping skills *Drugs and /or Alcohol use
 
When we perceive a situation as difficult or painful, changes occur in our minds and bodies to prepare us to respond to danger. This "fight, flight, or freeze" response includes faster heart and breathing rate, increased blood to muscles of arms and legs, cold or clammy hands and feet, upset stomach and/or a sense of dread.
 
The same mechanism that turns on the stress response can turn it off. As soon as we decide that a situation is no longer dangerous, changes can occur in our minds and bodies to help us relax and calm down. This "relaxation response" includes decreased heart and breathing rate and a sense of well being. Teens that develop a "relaxation response" and other stress management skills feel less helpless and have more choices when responding to stress.
 
Workplace Stress
Some of the biggest problems employers face today involves employee absenteeism due to health problems and employee lack of motivation due to stress and anger on the job. Workplace stress has a negative impact on the business as well as on the individual. Whether the anger and stress developed at work or home, the effects can carry over and be reflected in the employee's performance at work. Also, the increase in job stress creates emotional, financial, and safety concerns for employers and managers.
 
What Causes Stress in the Workplace?
Job stress results from the characteristics of the employee, situations occurring in the employee's lives, the task required by the occupation, and the working conditions and environment. There are different views as to which set of circumstances is the primary cause of job stress. Consequently, one is not more important than the other and by treating one or all these factors, vast improvements may be seen in the employee's performance.
 
Financial
Stressed employees take more sick day. Job stress can result in decreased productivity. Disgruntled employees often quit after extensive investment has been made in there training. Stressed workers make more errors. Safety
People who are overly stressed are less attentive and can accidentally damage equipment or injure themselves or others. This may have a long-lasting effect on health insurance programs. At the extreme, stress can lead to alcohol and drug consumption as well as violence towards management and co-workers.
 
*** Help is Available ***
We at My Life Direction, are trained to help our clients (managers, employers or employee) work through stress-relates issues by becoming more organized, by better managing their time, by addressing issues at home, and by making other changes at work. We also teach techniques to improve stress and anger management, improve sleeping patterns, and to maintain a positive outlook. In addition to the standard techniques we also employ Guided Imagery, Journaling, Self-Hypnosis, Breathing Exercises, and Meditation.
 
In summary, we at My Life Direction, understand the relationship between individual and organizational health and we hope to assist in the growth of your company by helping you teach your employee better methods of dealing with stress and anger. My Life Direction provides the following proven stress management techniques that has become increasingly popular to assist people to cope with stress, tension, uncertainties, pain, depression and illness.
  • Hypnosis - A state of heightened awareness and focused concentration that can be used to manipulate the perception of anxiety, fear and other emotional problems related to stress as well as to access repressed emotions and to reprogram behavior.
     
  • Aromatherapy - Therapeutic use of essential oils to balance, rejuvenate and relax the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy helps improve the quality of life on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.
     
  • Personal Coaching - Allows an individual to explore what is going on in his/her life when dealing with stressful life changes that cause anxieties ,fears, phobias and other emotional problems. Stress Diary- Identifying the short-term stress in your life.  Job Analysis- Managing work overload and job stress. Performance Planning- Planning ahead, reduce Performance stress. Physical Relaxation Techniques. Thought Awareness,and Positive Thinking
     
  • Guided imagery - is a relaxation technique aimed at easing stress, and promoting a sense of peace and tranquility at a stressful or difficult time in someone's life. It is the process of incorporating the power of the mind to assist the body to heal, maintain health or relax. It is an "inner communication" involving all the senses, (touch, smell, sight, sound). It forms an emotional connection between the mind, body and spirit.
     
    Guided imagery is simply the use of one's imagination to promote mental and physical health. It can be self-directed, where the individual puts himself into a relaxed state and creates his own images, or directed by others. Since ancient times, storytellers have used words to paint vivid pictures in the minds of their listeners. Guided Imagery (also called guided meditation) is the process of using words (narration) and often music.
     
  • Anger Management

 

 

 

        

 

Checklists and In-Depth Information
  Sign up For Classes - Click Here  
 
 Is Stess Knocking You Out? Venting Partner
    Stress and the Mind Body Connection - 83K PDF
 Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Stress
 What are the Health Effects of Job Stress?
 Early warning Signs of Stress
 Physical signs and symptoms of stress
 Emotional signs and symptoms of stress
 Cognitive/Perceptual Signs and Symptoms of Stress
 Stress in Children and Young Adults
 Caring For the Caregiver
 Stress therapy techniques has been clinically shown to:
 Accelerated Stress Management Classes.

Specific Focus Areas - Group Stress Management Classes
 For Women Only - Stress Management
 Children: 4-8 year olds - Stress Management
 Children: 9 - 13 Year Olds - Stress Management
 Teenagers: 14-18 Year Olds - Stress Management
 Young Adults: 19-24 years old - Stress Management
 Stress Management for Men
 Stress Management for Parents
 Stress Management for Primary Health Care Professionals:
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 Stress Management for Teachers:
 Stress Management ? Supervisors and Managers Group:

Stress Workshops
 Stress Management Workshops - Complete Listing
 Bahamas Island, Stress and Empowerment Retreat.
 STRESS AND ANGER MANAGEMENT. Gaining control of ourselves.
 STRESS AND ANGER –FREE RELATIONSHIP
 What is Self?
 LETTING GO, AND MOVING FORWARD
 Self Love
 REKI PART 1 (THIS CLASS WILL ONLY BE HELD AT THE OFFICE)
 DESIGN YOUR DESTINY
 ANGER AND THE POWER OF WORDS

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