Stress managementStress management tools for busy professionals
Stress envelops every aspect of our lives as human beings and especially the body and mind – stress management encompasses the body and mind, plus anatomy, physiology and psychology.
Stress can affect all the systems of the human body; respiratory system, Digestive System, Circulatory System and the Nervous System.
Psychology is the “science” of behaviour and mind, which includes conscious and unconscious phenomena, plus feeling and thought. It encompasses the study of human thought, behaviour, development, personality, emotion, motivation and much more.
Our ability to relax is becoming harder and harder due to constant over-stimulation, hence our ability to relax is something we perceive to be for the chosen few, something that is not usual, where individuals still seek out further stimulation in their leisure time in preference to relaxation.
Stressor and Stress Response
A stressor can be described as ‘any environmental stimulus that disrupts our balance (homeostasis), which then causes a stress response’ – e.g. A difficult important meeting, trying to reach deadlines, not being able to communicate adequately with our work colleagues or indeed our family members. A stress response is a sequence of physiological and behavioural responses to a stressor that help to restore balance.
Looking into stress factors we must not forget or neglect the Endocrine System (basically our hormones), triggered by emotion which is a strong mental feeling which can inhibit memory and clear thinking. The endocrine system is the most complex system of the human body and the least understood system of the human body by conventional science and is intricately linked to the brain and nervous system. Comprising of the endocrine glands, the hormones they secrete and the related biochemical messengers that regulate every function of our body.
So how can the mind influence relaxation and tension – Whenever we visualise or image ourselves undertaking physical activity our thoughts are translated into nervous impulses which stimulate the appropriate muscles, thus if having a deep thought with regards to strenuous activity a larger amount of muscle contraction will take place, if however, you allow your mind to wander aimlessly there would be very little muscle contraction.
Breathing plays a major role in relaxation. I know to some this will sound strange, as we are breathing all the time, right? Wrong! We constrict our breathing which in turn has a massive impact on our bodies.
Symptoms of Mental Stress
- Constant irritability with people.
- Feeling unable to cope.
- Lack of interest in life.
- Constant or recurrent fear of disease.
- A feeling of being a failure.
- A feeling of being bad or self-hatred.
- Difficulty in making decisions.
- A feeling of ugliness.
- Loss of interest in other people.
- Awareness of suppressed rage or anger because of inability, for whatever reason, to show your true feelings.
- Difficulty in letting go and laughing
- A feeling of being the target of other people’s animosity.
- Feeling neglect.
- A dread of the future.
- A feeling of having failed as a partner or parent.
- A feeling of having no one whom you can really confide in.
- Difficulty in concentrating.
- The inability to finish one task properly before having to rush on to the next.
- An intense fear of open or enclosed space or of being alone
These points show how complex the human body and mind are; how easily we can neglect these areas, which in turn will add tension/stress, which will lead to illness. Learning a few remedies/self- help techniques and methodologies, taught within our workshops, plus support and ongoing management to produce a state of well-being, will produce a happier lifestyle and a happier, more productive, enthusiastic workforce free from previous stressors. We also work with individuals to help harmonise any problematic areas you may be looking for guidance with.
Stress is tension.
Take away the tension and you take away the stress.
Stress is an old problem that has only recently been recognised as a basic, and sometimes major, factor in many physical and mental problems in our fast-paced lives.
As many as 60% of visits to doctors are attributed to stress problems.
Stress embraces every aspect of our being, especially the body and mind. We will work with you to identify and manage stress factors. We offer a self-help approach, including learning and developing techniques to aid in the ongoing balance of life and stress removal.
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Susan Davey 07401885420