Stress Management

Stress Management

Milton Keynes

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What is Stress?

Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with our thoughts or feelings. Stress Management – Everybody copes with stress in different ways.  What may be overwhelming for one person may be just “run of the mill” for another.

  • You may feel stressed if you are under pressure to perform a task.
  • However if you always feel overwhelmed it can be an issue.
  • Helping  you to understand your triggers is key..
  • However, stress cannot always be avoided so having techniques to use is helpful.
  • Avoidance will not work as many things in life cannot be avoided.

About stress

You could describe stress as a feeling you cannot cope.  Remember that what is stressful for one person can just be a small hiccup to another person. If people didn’t experience a little stress now and again they probably wouldn’t get out of bed and go to work or get on with their life.

Sometimes stress is caused by a fear of failure.  Of course, the more important a task is to you the more likely you are to feel stressed. You may also feel overwhelmed by an overload of responsibility: Work, children, obligations to others and so on and, of course, the way you think.

Effects of stress

Stress may lead to:

  • General Anxiety (GAD)
  • Mental breakdown
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Low self-worth.
  • Lack of focus and apathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Lowered immunity
  • Ill-health such as heart attacks and strokes.

How some people respond to stress:

Many people turn to unhelpful behaviours to escape from stress.  Such as over-drinking, smoking, drug-taking (including prescription medicines), gambling or over-eating.

Being irritable or angry with work colleagues or family is often a symptom of stress too.

Factors that may play a part in how you personally deal with stress:

  • Your thought processes
  • Your usual anxiety levels.
  • The level of your problem
  • Your past experience/s of stress
  • How much you feel in control of the situation
  • Whether this is a short or long-term problem 
  • The importance of the issue to you
  • How resilient you are
  • How high or low is your self-worth
  • Whether or not you have support around you

Factors that contribute to stress

Stress may occur when a person feels that the demands made on them exceed their ability to cope. Factors contributing to a person feeling stressed might include: 

  • Environment (work, home, school)
  • Lifestyle
  • Emotional and personal problems
  • Physical disorders.

Stress and the demands on the body

When people feel under stress, their body may kick into high gear to deal with the threat. Heartrate, breathing rate and blood pressure may all go up. The longer people feel stressed, the greater the demand on their body.

Stress Management

  • Exercise as regularly as possible.  Just walking in the fresh air will be helpful.
  • Be mindful – when you are out and about be in the now not inside your head!
  • Avoid confrontation, although assertiveness may well help. 
  • Relax, relax, relax.  Calm breathing, muscle relaxing, listening to calm music, watching a film or reading a book.  Or a lovely hot bath.
  • Take time out to cook and eat well.  Try to avoid ready meals. You may be tempted by a ready meal, but by the time you go and get it or it’s delivered you could have made yourself something nutritious and simple.  Adding value to your body in terms of vitamins and minerals is so important.
  • Sleeping deeply and calmly increases your ability to cope with whatever is thrown at you. 
  • Have fun and find a work-life balance.

To deal with stress more effectively, it helps to investigate your stresses and how you react to them. Try to: 

  • Understand what situations make you feel stressed
  • Understand what situations you can and can’t control
  • Prepare for stressful events in advance, by thinking about the future and planning
  • Keep yourself healthy with good nutrition, exercise and regular relaxation

Try to do happy things every day.

How does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy help with stress management

By identifying your triggers and your thought processes, you can be helped by the following stratigies:

  • Unhelpful thinking styles
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Tactics for insomnia
  • Identifying the best and simplest exercise and eating plan to fit your lifestyle.
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Dealing with anger issues
  • Assertiveness training
  • Finding a work-life balance.
  • Assertiveness

Stress situations

Stress about work is fairly common and may be caused by many different events, such as long hours, disputes  with others and being passive or aggressive rather than assertive. . This may lead to people believing they are being treated unfairly.

Sometimes work issues cannot be resolved even with HR involvement and you many make the decision to look for another job or career.

Stress due to money worries (please seek advice maybe from Citizens Advice). Marital disharmony and family arguments may be solved by conflict resolution through Relate.

Stress Management with Set Your Mind Free

A typical Session would comprise a mixture of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and hypnotherapy.  The hypnotherapy would be recorded so it can be listened to at bedtime each evening.

A 6 session course is recommended to include the above strategies.

If you’d like to find out more about stress management, contact our Milton Keynes office at 01908 265410. We’d welcome the opportunity to discuss how it could work for you and make the difference you’re looking for.

 

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