Stress is a direct result of an individual’s assessment of the demands made on them by their environment, which are perceived as threatening and are reflected in the body’s physical responses i.e. Increased heart rate, muscle tension, increased blood pressure and perspiration, sweaty palms, dry mouth, chest palpitations, nausea and restlessness.
In prehistoric times, it was important to deal with the physical threats all around us, and it was often necessary to make speedy judgements on a course of action in order to survive. For example, primitive man, confronted by an attacking dinosaur or a sabre toothed tiger, perceived, in such a threatening situation, that a demand for immediate action was necessary and that he needed to:
1. Stand and fight
The body’s stress response, coupled with a heightened sense of awareness was an asset in these situations and helped primitive man survive the many dangers he faced throughout his life.
However, modern man, whose body’s stress responses are the same as those of his ancestor, faces ‘threatening’ situations of a completely different kind. These are triggered by modern day demands, such as:
- Death of a close family member
- Marital Separation
- Moving House
- Work Related Issues
- Personal Injury
However prolonged periods of stress, such as those experienced by millions of people today, have been linked to heart disease, depression, nervous breakdown, alcohol and drug abuse, family break-ups, job dissatisfaction and impaired sexual function. Millions of working days are lost every year as a result.
It is therefore within an organisation’s best interest to have in place an EAP Programme, (such as those provided by Abate Counselling & EAP Limited), that are designed to facilitate employees in dealing with the stresses they encounter every day in both their professional and personal lives.
Abate Counselling & EAP Limited have counsellors that help individuals understand stress, how it can happen, and what you can do to prevent it and assist them in assessing where they are now, where they want to be and how to get there.
How can I handle stress better?
Abate Counselling & EAP Limited are conscious of the fact that in recent times the workplace environment has changed beyond all recognition. Companies are now facing unparalleled, increased competition in the commercial arena.
Organisations, and by default, their employees are under increasing pressure to perform at optimum level at all times, resulting in longer working hours and increased workloads.
Abate Counselling & EAP Limited recognise that one of the most important assets a company can have is its labour force. It is therefore within an organisation’s best interest to produce an environment that is positive and workforce oriented. Abate Counselling & EAP Limited have Employee Assistance Programmes that are a key element in maintaining a successful and cost-effective business.
Our dedicated EAPs promote a sense of well-being amongst personnel that has a knock-on effect of increasing efficiency, productivity, satisfaction and crucially, long-term committment towards the employing organisation.
Stress Management Course
This course will show you how to avoid the stress trap. It will help you both in your work role and in your social life. You will learn valuable techniques for letting go of stress. You will learn what boundaries you need to set for yourself and for others and you will learn healthy ways of switching off at the end of the day.
What will I get from the course?
· Understand what motivates you and the people you deal with every day.
· Focus on what is in your control to do.
· Understand the power of asking and of listening.
· Know how to use specific stress reduction techniques.
· Learn to switch off for the sake of your relationships and your health.
· Set sensible boundaries for yourself and for others.
An outline of the one-day Stress Management Course:
Where most of your stress comes from.
What motivates you and everyone else.
The key issue of control:
· Focus on what is in your control.
· Only promise what you can deliver.
· Only take responsibility for what you can deliver.
A technique for letting go of stress (1).
Setting healthy boundaries.
· The power of asking.
· The power of listening.
· The critic.
A technique for letting go of stress (2).
Mindfulness and stress.
Switching off for the sake of your relationships and your health.
· Watch out for self-medicating with drink or drugs.
Healthy ways to switch off:
‘Lose your mind and come to your senses.’
‘That was then this is now.’
One hour after you die.
Brainstorm stress management methods.
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