On this National Stress Awareness Day, surprisingly few of us are lucky enough to have jobs we love.
For most, a good enough balance between work and home life makes it worthwhile and I count myself very lucky to be one of them. It wasn’t always this way. Having experienced more than my fair share of stress, I decided to do something about it. I retrained as Cognitive Hypnotherapist, specialising in helping clients who are experiencing high levels of Stress, Anxiety & Depression.
For many people, work only brings an income and a life full of worry and concern. If this sounds like you, you might be suffering from workplace stress. It’s surprisingly common, as the popularity of this National Stress Awareness Day is proving.
The Health & Safety Executive reckon workplace stress accounts for 40% of all work-related illnesses and many employers take steps to help staff deal with the pressure of modern-day careers.
Stress turns up at times which triggers that well-known fight or flight response, flooding our bodies with stress hormones preparing you for action. Occasional periods of stress improve short-term performance, enabling us to effectively achieve short term goals.
Unfortunately, most difficult work situations don’t need instant action and the stress hormones have nowhere to go. We can’t even run away, much as we might want to!
Because stress hormones prioritise the survival areas of the brain and suppress higher-level thinking, stress can make us feel really frustrated. We quite literally don’t think as clearly when we’re stressed!
In today’s economically challenging world, it is hard to just up sticks and change your job or your lifestyle overnight. If you’re not careful, those stress hormones will just keep on dripping into your blood stream in the mistaken hope of keeping you safe.
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to get you through national Stress Awareness Day and into a safer future:
- Focus on your breathing, taking a few long, slow breaths. This helps engage your Relaxation Response, the natural opposite of Fight or Flight.
- Bring back a sense of control by looking for the things you actually can change.
- Do one thing each day that is just for you and no-one else. This helps balance work and home life.
- Listen to a daily Try these Relaxation or Mindfulness mp3s. They’re free!. (Try one of these if you like. They’re free)
- I produce a monthly email newsletter called TBTalks, to share gives hints, tips and insights into managing stress, anxiety & depression. You can subscribe here: Click here to subscribe
- I run a useful Facebook Page which you might like to take a look at: Tony Burkinshaw Cognitive Hypnotherapy
- Last but by no means least, take a look around this website whilst you’re here. It could change your life.
It’s never too late to find a better way.