You’ve likely said it, especially during the holiday season when things can get busy and sometimes overwhelming: “I’m so stressed.” Stress is a part of everyday life. In fact it is a survival mechanism. Stress is the response of the body to any demand made upon it to adapt or change.
However, the stress you face can threaten your balance and peace of mind. It can decrease your efficiency in dealing with situations in life. And it can cause unnecessary anger. The good news is each and every one of us has the ability to choose how we respond to stress. We can learn how to respond to stress in a way that allows us to maintain balance and deal effectively with stressful situations.
In early January, Little Company of Mary Hospital presents “Stress and Anger Management,” a two-session workshop designed to teach skills so you can manage your life more effectively. If you feel anger or stress is creating a problem in your life, this workshop is for you.
- Event: Anger and Stress Management
- Presenters: Joan Murphy, R.N., Ph.D. and Eileen McNichols, R.N., M.S.N.
- When: Monday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Cost: $35
- Topic: Identify areas in your life that you can manage differently to decrease stress, reduce the negative effects stress is having on your life, and improve your overall well-being.
“Managing stress in an effective way to improve the quality of your life,” said Eileen McNichols, R.N., M.S.N., one of the workshop presenters. “You feel more in control, feel better physically and mentally, improve productivity, improve relationships in your life, improve self-esteem, and you can focus on what’s important to you.”
“You also avoid some of the long-term negative effects of chronic stress,” said McNichols. Long-term negative health effects of stress include:
- Impaired immune system and higher risk of infections
- Poor concentration
- Negative thoughts
- Increased irritability
- Higher risk for depression
- Lack of purpose
- Interference with relationships
- Higher likelihood for drug and alcohol abuse
- Misplaced aggression
Chronic stress increases your risk for:
- Heart attacks
- Panic and anxiety disorders
- Gastric ulcers
Sign up for the class if you’d like simple tools to manage stress so you can respond to situations in a more effective manner. Rather than reacting, you’ll learn to make better choices that will lead to long term mental and physical health benefits. Call 708-423-5774 to register for the program today!