Creating your own living with stress seminar can help teach people how to react and handle stress in a positive manner. Handling stress in a positive manner can lead to personal growth, stronger family ties, and closer relationships with God.
Every day people encounter stressful situations that have positive or negative effects on their lives. We encounter stress at home, at work, on the road, at the grocery store, etc. It has been estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems.
Job stress is the leading source of stress for adults but stress levels have also escalated in children, teenagers, college students and the elderly for other reasons. This increase in stress can be attributed to increased crime, violence and other threats to personal safety; pernicious peer pressures that lead to substance abuse and other unhealthy lifestyle habits; social isolation and loneliness; the erosion of family and religious values and ties; and the loss of other strong sources of social support.
The toll this stress takes on our lives depends entirely on how individuals handle the stressful situation. Handling stress in a negative manner can lead to outbursts of anger, alienation of family and friends, drug and alcohol abuse, and physical symptoms such as hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain and other diseases.
In planning your seminar, determine who should lead the seminar, where the seminar will be held, when the seminar will be held, and the topics to be discussed. You may want to consider bringing in professional speakers from the physical and mental health professions with experience in stress management.
Your seminar may include discussions of various types of stress; effects of stress on the body, psyche, and faith; and stress management techniques. During the seminar have speakers come up, show videos, do hands-on activities, provide educational information, provide resource information, and provide tools that can be taken home.
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