Managing Stress in Self and Others
When people feel under threat for any reason they react as primitive man would have done – the brain tells the body to prepare for a ‘fight’ or for ‘flight’. Hans Selye first used the term “stress” in the biological sense, half a century ago following his work with laboratory animals. He discovered that when faced with unpleasant stimuli, animals began to show damage in tissues and organs. From this work, links have been drawn with a similar process happening in humans. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Taking time to understand what your stressors are and the impact overstress can have on you and your key staff is critical.
Overstress usually adversely affects a person’s behaviour and thus is likely to affect the quality of their relationships. This will impact on the quality of teamwork they show and their performance at work. If relationships with family are affected due to overstress, this in turn affects the energy and creativity that the person normally has available for work. Thus learning how to stay within your optimum stress will usually determine the consistency of your behaviour and your creativity and determines if you are an ordinary leader or an exceptional leader.
This training session involves a combination of formal input/presentation along with small group work and discussion. The workshop is interactive with detailed information and hand-outs for all participants.
- To define biologically what stress is.
- To enable you to assess where you presently sit on the stress curve.
- To help you begin to identify your stressors.
- To outline all the options that you have to manage stress, using a powerful model – The Cycle of Stress and Distress.
- To encourage you to examine beliefs that you hold. Beliefs drive behaviours and thus changing beliefs can lead to changes in behaviour which can ultimately reduce stress levels.
This workshop is also suitable for a half day retreat.