What is stress?
Stress occurs when you feel overwhelming pressure and feel that you haven’t got the control, resources or time you need to succeed. Stress can be incredibly hazardous to your health if it is not dealt with in time. Recognising the signs early will make it easier to halt the damage caused by stress in the workplace.
What are the signs of stress?
There are many different signs of stress and not everyone will have all of the symptoms. You may only experience one or two of these symptoms during stressful times but it is important to monitor yourself so that you are aware if it occurs.
- Frequent heartburn, stomach aches or nausea
- Panic attacks
- Persistent headaches
- Sweaty or cold hands and feet
- Concentration difficulties
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviour
- Weight loss or gain
- Withdrawal socially
- Insomnia or sleeping excessively
- Early warning signs of stress include tension in your shoulders and neck, or clenching your hands into fists.
How does stress management training work?
A stress management specialist will assess your symptoms and review routines or common issues in your day-to-day life in the workplace to see where there are opportunities to reduce stress. You will also be shown and taught ways to try to manage your stress levels so that you can keep working without the stress.
One of the main goals of the stress management course is to remind staff how important it is to look after themselves and to take stock regularly of how they are feeling.
You may also be encouraged to keep a diary of when you are feeling stressed to note down any triggers or times that could be elevating your stress levels. We will be able to provide handouts to help keep you on track with your stress management training.
Stress management training for teams
We can provide stress management courses for up to 15 people so we can help to tackle stress in the workplace for a particular team. That way, you can support each other and work together to reduce stress and find better processes for your work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is stress an illness?
Stress in not a psychiatric diagnosis but it’s closely linked to your mental health and physical health
Long-term stress can harm your health. … Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.
Is stress a mental health disorder?
Stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse. For example, if you often struggle to manage feeling of stress, you might develop a mental health problem like anxiety or depression. Mental health problems can cause stress.
How can I relieve stress in my daily life?
Stress can cause health problems or make existing problems worse – talk to your GP if you think your symptoms could be caused by stress, It is important to make sure that they aren’t caused by other health problems.
Exercise. It’s a healthy way to relieve your pent-up energy and tension. Exercising releases feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. It also helps you get in shape physically, which makes you feel better overall.
Eat right. Stress can affect your appetite. Make sure you’re eating regular, well-balanced meals.
Get some sleep. It’s important to get enough sleep so your body has time to repair itself.
Meditate. Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. You can do it with exercise that uses the same motions over and over, like walking or swimming. You can meditate by practising relaxation training, by stretching, or by breathing deeply.
Relaxation training is simple. Start with one muscle. Hold it tight for a few seconds and then relax. Do this with each of your muscles, beginning with the toes and feet and working your way up through the rest of your body.
Stretching can also help relieve tension. Roll your head in a gentle circle. Reach toward the ceiling and bend side to side slowly. Roll your shoulders.
Deep, relaxed breathing by itself may help relieve stress. This helps you get plenty of oxygen and activates your body’s relaxation response.
Let go. Don’t worry about things you can’t control, such as the weather.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Solve the little problems. This can help you gain a feeling of control.
Be ready. Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview.
Chin up. Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.
Work it out. Resolve conflicts with other people.
Talk it out. Discuss what’s bothering you with a trusted friend, family member, or counsellor.
Keep it real. Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid over-scheduling.
Have some fun. Participate in something you don’t find stressful, such as sports, social events, or hobbies.
Just say no. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. They can actually increase your stress levels.