Your guide to a balanced life
Stress Management is an important part of daily living for all of us. We all need stress in order to survive. Teams need it to perform well, and in the right doses, it can be very healthy, or even enjoyable.
However, when stress becomes excessive it can be very damaging. It can harm:
Stress management involves, at the simplest level:
With the pressure of modern life, it is easy to fall into the trap of neglecting steps 2 and 3. That is, only relieving the symptoms. It is important to recognise and address the underlying causes of stress, or else the experience of stress will never go away.
The symptoms of stress are many and varied, such as:
Sometimes, you can be experiencing stress but your mind and body are so good at hiding it from you that you are unaware of it. In such cases the symptoms might be more subtle and therefore difficult to recognise, such as:
If you are under a lot of stress for a prolonged period of time, but do not feel stressed, eventually it may catch up with you and cause more serious symptoms, such as:
There may be cultural or social pressure to ´be strong´. Perhaps the employment culture is such that to acknowledge that you are under stress is interpreted as a sign of weakness and could be damaging to your career prospects. If this is the case, you may be tempted to suppress your feelings of stress – which leads to a strategy of stress denial rather than stress management.
Most people experience a significant period of stress or depression during their lives. To feel stressed at various times is to be normal. However, if you have recognised some of the symptoms above than you might need to address your stress issues which have been hindering your life via relaxation, sport, clinical hypnosis or CBT therapy in case of longer lasting stress management issues.