Stress and Relaxation in the Work Environment

How are you feeling today? Uptight? wound up? Or Relaxed?

Stress affects people from all walks of life. At a basic level, stress impairs the 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 alcohol. 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 personal life or a work situation the company's bottom line is often forgotten.

What does STRESS really mean? - there are forces, pressures, stresses, stressors or demands being exerted on individuals and if they are unable to cope with them they may suffer damage. Things external to you may upset you! Can you cope, in other words, with the external forces such as relationship issues, work overload, time pressures etc. - but can you also cope with your own attitudes, thoughts and behaviour patterns concerning these forces? 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.

By learning to relax, both physically and mentally, and changing negative thought patterns you will avoid stress-related illnesses. 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. 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.

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. Some workplace stressors such as sexual harassment are almost always perpetuated by men on women and generally organisations are male dominated. Women also have to cope with varying roles in a day - going from mother and nursemaid, cook and housekeeper through to organiser, consultant, executive or secretary. 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.

Clinical Hypnotherapy combined with EFT and NLP are very effective treatment tools to remedy the negative effects of stress in the workplace and in personal life.

Armstead House Clinics  practitioners are experienced stress relief specialists with many years of practical hands on experience and involvement in the successful treatment of stress related issues originating in daily work and personal life.

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