Popocatapetl, that volcanic mouthful near the US Mexican border erupted last week and it hasn’t stopped. What’s more it’s not the only volcano letting off a lot of steam; it seems the earth is reeling from global environmental stress and is venting off in a few directions to release the pressure.
Lives at risk
Earth or earthling, planet or person; we exist in an environment that can be very stressful; however, it’s how we react to our environment that’s crucial.
Simply put, it’s never healthy to repress stress; actually it’s downright dangerous. When people are stressed they often submerge and repress emotions so they kid themselves they’re doing okay, but eventually symptoms rise to the surface and other people notice. When you don’t release the pressure, you run the risk of, well … exploding. (Remember Mount St Helen’s in 1980? You might just be old enough). The human fallout of unmanaged stress can also be devastating.
Stress unchecked suppresses immune system function and slows metabolism causing weight gain. It can also make you more likely to suffer diabetes, heart attack and stroke, not to mention the attendant mental problems of anxiety and depression – that negative inner voice speaking a pattern of destructive thoughts, destroying self-belief and confidence.
Trying to keep a lid on stress through alcohol, drugs, or other habits and addictions like gambling is the wrong way of coping, and can damage relationships at home and at work.
Some explosive stats for the UK
We may not have active volcanoes in Britain, but our stress statistics create quite a rumble. Labour Force Survey (LFS) figures reveal stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 15.4 million days lost with an average 25.8 days off per person on the sick in 2017/18.
Stress statistics are often skewed because many people take time off ‘poorly’, frightened to call it stress, and lying to their employer in case they’re thought incapable of doing their job. Absenteeism creates added workload for other staff and causes bad feeling as well as a huge financial burden, which according to LFS figures is a whopping £9.7 billion for ill health, £3 billion of which employers pick up the tab for in lost profits.
Recognise the signs of pressure and stress
As a vulcanologist looks for changes in behaviour and appearance of a volcano, I provide courses to recognise triggers and symptoms for stress in the workplace.
These include work performance issues; behaviours such as withdrawal; and physical and mental regression symptoms.
Building Resilience – Reducing Stress, Masterclass
My dynamic masterclass is packed with powerful techniques, tools and tips to support staff wellbeing. The course provides a variety of fast tools and techniques to build internal strength and change the mental, physical and emotional responses to stressful situations.
What you’ll get:
- Knowledge and understanding of the main physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms of stress in themselves and others
- Increased ability to remain calm in difficult situationsUse relaxation as powerful coping strategy
- A master toolkit of techniques, tools and tips for building resilience and wellbeing (main focus)
- Relevant case studies
- Live demonstrations of the most effective tools and techniques
- Practical action plan for the workplace
**SPECIAL FEATURE** (where time allows)
A group relaxation is available to close the session (Recorded on mobiles for future benefit)
When properly managed stress can motivate individuals towards greater performance and achievement. My toolbox helps build resilience and build a happier, more profitable workplace with a team that supports each other rather than antagonising each other.
So rather than bottling it all up and going “Popocatepetl”, simply ’pop on the kettle’ and contact me to find out the best tailor made course suited for your business.