Deaf Counseling: Stress & Self-Care

Deaf Counseling: Stress & Self-Care

Transcript/Video Description: Title Slide (black with white text): Stress & Self-Care, Deaf Counseling Center, www.deafcounseling.com Sharon (Caucasian woman with black/grey hair, wearing glasses, standing in a kitchen in front of a cookie sheet with a measuring cup full of blue water and a glass one quarter filled with blue water): All of us have different types of stress in our lives. Work stress, family stress, financial stress, sickness stress and so on.

We all deal with variable amounts of stress. Imagine this is your life in the glass (picks up glass one quarter filled with blue water with left hand). The blue represents a relatively low level of stress that is pretty manageable (puts glass down). Now over here is a container full of different stressors that can show up in your life (points to full measuring cup). Let’s add them to your life (pours water into glass, filling it to the rim). Now your stress level is almost maxed out. Then one day something happens – it could be something minor or it could be a major incident (adds more water to the glass until it overflows) – It’s overwhelming and so stressful that you can’t handle it anymore. So how are we supposed to manage stress? Self-care!

This can be done through exercising, eating right, sleeping right, socializing… and even talking privately with a counselor. All of these help to reduce stress. Using self-care to manage stress looks like this (pours water from glass back into measuring cup until glass is less than half full, then puts glass down): Now with a reduced level of stress, you are able to breathe easier and manage any stress that shows up in your life.



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