You hear it everywhere…
I am so stressed.
I can’t take any more stress.
You are stressing me out.
The momentary stress of a day is normal. In fact, some stress is healthy and will help you grow.
Are you experiencing too much stress?
Are you always on the go, but never getting things done?
Do you overreact on a fairly regular basis?
Do you have persistent health problems?
If the answer is yes to any of these you are most likely experiencing too much stress and/or chronic stress.
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Chronic stress, especially if you have buried it and are in denial, can make you exhausted, make you sick, or even kill you.
Benefits of stress awareness
- Learn how to manage your stress so that it works for you.
- Be more productive and efficient.
- Have more time and energy.
What is stress?
Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.”
The fight-or-flight response was an excellent evolutionary development, that enabled you to take action when you were in danger. In everyday modern life, most of our stressors do not come from things that cause us danger, like working inside at a desk all day and people moaning at you, and it is inappropriate to take action. This causes the stress to build up inside our body and results in exhaustion and illness, and can lead to depression.
A factor of stress that is not often spoken about is that when there is extreme danger, i.e. you are about to be killed and there is nothing you can do, or you have not been able to take action on a regular basis, you freeze (see blog for more information).
Do you feel…
- a lack of desire/motivation?
- confused and/or unfocused?
- “Not really here” or “out of your body”?
If you feel any of these on a regular basis you could be in the a frozen state brought on by stress.
To make stress work for you, you need to have Stress Awareness.
If you aren’t aware of your stress or you are in too deep to be able to pinpoint the source, you can’t control it.
Here’s how I can help you
- Understand Stress – Similar to fixing a car engine, you can’t fix it if you don’t understand at least the basics of it. I will help you understand when you are having a stress response, how it feels, and seeing how it affects your performance.
- Understand Energy – Knowing how and where you expend energy is a major key to stress management. If you are wasting all of your energy on things that don’t matter or that won’t change, there will be none left to put into what is important.
- Body Ergonomics – Learn to be aware of how your posture and movements can reduce your stress. Something as simple as standing up straight can make the “burdens” of the day seem less daunting.
- Your Toolbox – Skills like time management, breath control, and awareness and control of your thought patterns can make stress fall away.
- Lifestyle Awareness – Very often, through doing or not-doing things we can increase or decrease our stress. We will look at diet, exercise, and habits that will help you manage stress.
- YOUR Space – Creating a stress-free space where you can relax, untie your knots, and receive stress management therapies will be a major part of our work together.
Stress Awareness Training
Stress reduction in the workplace can:
- increase productivity
- increase turn-over
- decrease time taken off sick.
I can provide a half day or full day training in your workplace. Contact me for Workplace Stress Reduction Training.
Often learning stress awareness with friends or colleagues who are not part of your workplace can be even more beneficial than in the workplace.
I will provide you with a custom tailored Private Group Stress Awareness Training. Contact me today to schedule your group training.
To discuss your needs
you are welcome to call me
to arrange a free 20 minute consultation