Scroll down or click to read: 1️⃣ What is Stress? 2️⃣ Window of Stress Tolerance 2️⃣.1️⃣ Window of Tolerance Info-graph. 3️⃣ Physical and emotional symptoms of stress. 3️⃣.1️⃣ Physical and emotional stress symptoms info-graph 4️⃣ How to deal with Stress
1️⃣ What is Stress?
Stress is a balacning act between the demands you need to meet and the resources you have to meet these demands. Every new situation or change affects how you will cope.
If you find it stressful to enter a healthcare setting, then your brain will view any healthcare related activity as a threat. You may not be aware of this but in the background your brain is constantly scanning the horizon for threats from other people and/or the environment around you. When your brain decides that the people or environment around you is unsafe. Your body goes into a state of threat preparedness by preparing to fire a bullet or missile of stress hormones in readiness to defend yourself against the enemy.
2️⃣ Window of Stress Tolerance.
2️⃣. 1️⃣ Window of Tolerance Info-graph
⏯ Threats release stress chemcials:
▶️ Imagine that you had burnt your toast, on a cold winter morning. The wider you can open your window, the quicker you can rid the room of the smell and close the window to warm up the room.
▶️ If the window is smaller, it will take longer to get rid of the smell of burnt toast. Because the window will be open longer, once the smell of burning toast has disappeared.it will take more time and energy to heat up the room again.
▶️ This is the window of tolerance effect and this is how you respond to stress.
▶️ The larger your window of coping skills, the easier you will find it to deal with stressful situations and bounce back from the stress.
▶️ The reverse is true as the smaller your window of coping skills, the more difficult you will find it to deal with any stressful situations and it will take you longer to recover from the stressful situation.
increase your levels of
⬇️ confidence in your self
3️⃣ Physical and emotional symptoms of stress
3️⃣. 1️⃣ Stress response info-graph
▶️ Your brain releases chemicals that cause your heart to beath faster and your lungs to breathe deeper. Your body to diverts energy away from digestion and communication and makes your pupils larger so you can see more and makes you perspire to cool you down
You may confuse this with:
▶️ fear and anxiety
▶️ emotional numbness,
▶️ difficulty sleeping,
▶️ muscle tension,
▶️ to feel agitated or withdrawn.
4️⃣ How to deal with Stress
▶️ You can increase your confidence and control via visualisations and worksheets.