Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress.
Stress is defined as a person’s physiological response to an internal or external stimulus that triggers the fight-or-flight response. In general, stress is related to both external and internal factors. External factors include your physical environment, your job, relationships with others, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you’re confronted with on a daily basis. Internal factors determine your body’s ability to respond to, and deal with, the external stress-inducing factors. Internal factors which influence your ability to handle stress include your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get.
For many people, stress is part of life, however it’s how a person reacts to the stressors in life which will then determine whether they cope with stress in a positive or negative manner.
Managing stress, therefore, can involve making changes in the external factors which confront you or with internal factors which strengthen your ability to deal with what comes your way. Stress management is effective when a person utilises strategies to cope with or alter stressful situations. Various techniques are used such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Meditation, Breathing Exercises, and Relaxation Techniques as well as looking at diet and exercise, lifestyle, sleeping patterns etc. However, perception and source of stress will be different with each person, so sessions are catered to meet the needs of each individual. Sessions last 1 hour and are most effective in a block of 6 sessions; however results can also be achieved in 4 sessions.
This area can be specifically aimed to help businesses achieve new ways for people to work, which makes their organisation a more motivated and productive place – creating an environment where staff are healthy, successful, fulfilled and valued. It is also for individuals who may not feel particularly stressed, but are simply looking for a sense of well-being, some relaxation techniques and some general guidance with nutrition and lifestyle.