Stress Management

Stress is an integral part of the human condition since evolution.
Although we no longer experience the stress of living in cold, dark caves
and hunting for our food, the modern age has different stressors

Stress Management

Let us take you from Stress to Success!

What is Stress?

Stress is an integral part of the human condition since evolution. Although we no longer experience the stress of living in cold, dark caves and hunting for our food, the modern age has different stressors as we experience emotional turmoil in our relationships, challenges balancing our daily lives, and a multitude of physical health concerns.

The fight and flight response

When we encounter situations that we interpret as threatening, our body switches into the same reactions our ancestors had tens of thousands of years ago.
Our blood pressure rises, we begin to perspire, our breath becomes shallow, and our blood platelets become sticky. Our body activates its fight-or-flight response, so imagine the damage to the body when people live in this state of arousal constantly. In the long term this stress and imbalance, contributes to emotional and physical disease.

Symptoms of stress:

Thoughts

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Memory difficulties
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Increased sensitivity to criticism
  • Negative self – critical thoughts
  • Distorted ideas
  • More rigid attitudes
  • Loss of sense of humour

Emotions

  • Anxiety (nervousness, tension, phobias, panic)
  • Depression (sadness, lowered self – esteem, apathy, fatigue)
  • Guilt and shame
  • Moodiness (mood swings), loneliness and jealousy
  • Suppressed anger
  • Inability to feel sympathy or empathy to others

Behaviour

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Early waking
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Excessive use of alcohol and drugs
  • Excessive smoking/drug taking
  • Accident proneness/trembling
  • Avoiding particular situations inactivity or inability to sit without fidgeting
  • Constant tiredness
  • Self harm and harm to others

Body

  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Hyperventilation
  • Tense, contracted muscles, nervous twitches
  • Backache
  • Immune systems less efficient
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Skin dryness, rashes, numbness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Increased blood sugar levels
  • Dilation of pupils, dry mouth
  • Frequent urination

Health

  • Excessive concern about own physical health
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stomach ulcers; nausea, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraine; headaches
  • Asthma; hay fever
  • Skin rashes
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Diarrhoea

Work

  • Distancing from customers and colleagues
  • Avoidance of patients/ customers
  • Lack of concentration, leading to poor decision making & mistakes
  • Poor memory leading to mistakes
  • Absenteeism
  • Impaired ability to make decisions and care for customers
  • Poor interpersonal relationships

If you are experiencing any of the above then please contact us. We offer one to one stress relief sessions and group training.
There is bonus input on developing the skills, attitudes and management competencies to minimise stress in future and maximise team resilience.
All our courses have a unique resilience building approach, aiming to maximise your personal and corporate peak potential:

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