Stress Management

Stress is an everyday experience, but contrary to what many people believe it can be both good and bad for us.

Stress gets us out of bed in the morning and stress helps is walk a little quicker when time is against us but when we overload our stress threshold, major issues can occur.

Don’t be a victim of a breakdown; manage your stress levels now!

Stress has a direct affect on our health and well-being, with the proof of this lying in the numerous article and press releases showing how much money is lost every year through stress related illnesses.

What are some of the signs that stress is to excess in your life?

The physical signs and symptoms of stress can include:

– High blood pressure
– Pounding heart
– Fatigue
– Shortness of breath
– Chest pain
– Headaches
– Muscle aches, such as back and neck pain
– Diminished or increased sex drive
– Indigestion
– Clenched jaws and grinding teeth
– Tight, dry or a feeling of a lump in your throat
– Dizziness
– Constipation or diarrhoea (IBS)
– Increased perspiration
– Skin problems
– Weight gain or loss
– Stomach cramps

The psychological signs & symptoms of stress can include:

– Crying
– Depression
– Sadness
– Withdrawal or isolation
– Mood swings
– Insomnia
– Worry
– Overeating or anorexia
– Irritability, anger, decreased anger control
– Restless anxiety
– Feelings of insecurity Changes in close relationships
– Decreased productivity
– Decreased libido
– Job dissatisfaction
– Feelings of insecurity
– Increased smoking, increased use of alcohol and drugs.

If you notice that you experience some if the symptoms listed above you would benefit from reducing your stress as soon as possible.

Stress, particularly long-term stress, can be a factor in the onset or worsening of ill health.

Managing stress in Milton Keynes and stress control.

Milton Keynes is a busy city that is ever growing and with this comes business growth, more workers and more stress.

Regardless of what industry you are in, stress can become a factor for all involved despite the level or ability of your job role.

Stress can attack us in all shapes and forms and it’s how we deal with it that is the key. It may be that you are a new recruit under pressure from learning new skills or you could be the top of the business chain and have the dependency of a whole business pushing down on you.

Whatever your daily working timetable stress pops its little head up.

Ok so how do we deal with this in the work place?

Tackling workplace stress can be done individually or in group sessions.
Depending on the level of stress felt at that time is dependent on how the treatment is delivered.

Independently/Individual

By having treatment individually you are targeting a personal stress related issue that occurs only to you. At times, you may feel as though it’s you suffering and you alone, however, this is not the case. Everyone deals with stress so differently that it may feel as though no one else feels affected by what is going on around, but you.

Learning to tackle the problem on your own can be a challenging thought, however by using techniques such as self hypnosis and stress management, you will be able to concentrate on feeling stress free and focused.

Groups

If you work in a group in your normal working environment then having a group focusing session for stress management is a great idea. This will enable you to understand each other’s needs and concerns, reassuring you that you are not the only person feeling this way but also to allow everyone to work together in harmony.

This will also help you when you return back to the workplace knowing that if you lose your direction when it comes to dealing with the stress, there are others who have practiced the same methods and who can work with you to alleviate the negative feelings at that time.

Your Team

If you are the team leader/business owner/ manager etc, then you have the role of keeping your staff motivated and guiding them to produce good work and to be productive in their day.

Being a senior business member you will also know that it is important that your staff are taught about stress management and for them to know what policies the company has in place to deal with this issue, if and when it arises.

Being aware of the signs of stress within your workplace means that as a business you are providing a service to your employees and looking out for their welfare. By recognising the signs of someone who is stressed or beginning to feel stressed, means you are effectively managing stress within your team.

Coping with stress can also cause stress related illnesses and can also cause staff to be off on sick leave which is completely legal and understandable; however no business wants to see their staff bogged down with unnecessary pressure and unwanted stress levels.

So what do you need to do?

Attending stress management courses ensures that you are in full sync with your team, and can help recognise the first warning signs of someone who may become ill with stress.

The course will also help you to deal with stress in the workplace and guide you through what steps to take to be able to help colleagues to deal with this matter.