Stress in the Workplace
Do you feel in control of situations most of the time? Are you confident in your abilities and can you ‘switch off’ when you get home? Are you a positive, outward-looking person most days or do you dwell on negative thoughts and words and actions? Are you calm and thoughtful or do you anger easily and fly off the handle? Watching yourself occasionally and being aware of your reactions to stressful events can teach you a lot about how to handle the stressors in your life.
Stress affects people from all walks of life. At a basic level, stress impairs one’s capacity to live life fully. On a more serious level, it has the power to precipitate a highly stressed individual towards an early death. It could be said to be the modern equivalent of the plague.
So, how do we handle the stress levels in our lives? Usually we don’t. Either it gets ignored and gets worse, or we try to ease it away via emotional suppressing substances. Little wonder then that stress takes such a toll on the British economy. Unfortunately, because it is such an intangible thing, (and also because of the British stiff upper lip attitude towards health-related topics) its effects on the company’s bottom line is often forgotten.
Learning to Relax
There is a very fine line between getting the adrenaline flowing and turning people into nervous wrecks in the work environment. Encouraging people to learn how to handle their stress and teaching them how to relax is not only necessary but beneficial to the company in the long term.
For managers, it is essential that you are able to recognise early signs of stress in the work-force too. Organisations which employ counsellors and Stress Management or Relaxation Therapists have proved that, used even in the short term, they can be cost-effective, adaptable for groups of individuals at any organisational level and compatible with the commercial ethos.
By learning to relax, both physically and mentally, and changing negative thought patterns you will avoid stress-related illnesses. Stress-related illnesses account for some 48% of untreatable deaths in Britain. Disorders of the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, muscles and joints, diabetes, allergies, asthma, sleep disorders, behavioural disorders such as smoking, over-eating, loss of appetite, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and emotional disorders – anxiety, depression and phobias – are all stress-related and cause tremendous problems to managers and employees alike.
It has been said that women are particularly liable to suffer from stress at work. Women also have to cope with varying roles in a day – going from mother, cook and housekeeper through to juggling work life, childcare and social lives! . It is therefore very important for female managers or employees to learn to ‘switch off’ between roles and also to educate others to respect her space and need for time-out.
Stress Awareness Workshops can help you understand what is happening to you – physically and mentally when you are under stress – and can also help you to recognise it in others. Workshops and one-to-one sessions are primarily concerned with helping you to develop more psychologically healthy ways of coping with problems.
We are able to run Stress-Busting workshops to groups of management or employees on site at your premises or to work on an individual basis one-to-one as required. Please contact us to discuss your needs. Our workshops are down to earth, informative, fun and effective.
Following relaxation and stress management techniques in training sessions and using follow up CD’sregularly, you will notice your ability to cope is increased. You will find that as you become more relaxed that you are an easier person to be around and you will have a more rational attitude and view on life. By understanding stress and your body’s reaction to it, you can start to create new positive reactions which become a self-fulfilling prophesy.All this takes time. It will not happen overnight, so be prepared to practice until you achieve your objectives.