We can all relate to the experience of stress in our lives. It’s part and parcel of being human.
Stress can be defined as what we feel when we’re under too much mental or emotional pressure. Research indicates that a certain amount of pressure can help us stay focused, energetic, alert, enhance performance, enable us to meet challenges we face and can even save our life in emergency situations. However, prolonged pressure or too much pressure can turn into stress when we struggle to cope. Too much stress can seriously damage our physical and emotional health, functioning, relationships and quality of life.
For example, stress can disrupt every system in our body and the effects can:
Most of us live in a fast-paced, busy world and many of the demands we face as we go about our lives can be a source of stress including relationships, money, work, exams and family.
Stress related issues are all too common and are on the increase. Several studies have shown that:
“1 in 4 of us experience stress related emotional difficulties at any one time”.
Stress affects our mind, body, and behaviour in many ways, and we all react differently to stress. Just how much is ‘too much’ differs from person to person. A situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else. Some people seem to thrive on the excitement of a high-pressured lifestyle; some people seem to be able to roll with life’s punches, whilst others struggle to tolerate the slightest obstacle or frustration.
Given the widespread damage stress can cause to our health, it’s important to know how stress affects us and to know our own limit.
The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything.
Common signs of stress include:
We can’t completely eliminate stress from our life, but we can control how much it affects us. The good news is that we can prevent the negative effects of chronic stress by learning how to manage our stress effectively. An important part of this involves building our mental resilience and learning how to recognise when our stress levels are out of control.
Life doesn’t always go our way and challenged can hit us hard and even knock us off our feet from time to time. Our ability to get back up, dust ourselves down and keep going in the direction we want to go is what I call resilience. In other words, resilience is our ability to reside in that place of “I’m OK” inside, no matter what happens on the outside.
Emotional intelligence is another vital skill to learn and develop to stay in control of stress. A key element of mental resilience, emotional intelligence can be described as our ability to identify, use and regulate our emotions to enhance our well-being and get what we want out of life.
Happiness in Mind offers you the opportunity to learn a range of coping strategies to relieve stress, increase your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure, and boost feelings of joy and contentment. This includes developing compassionate mind skills and mindfulness skills to activate the body’s soothing and relaxation response, problem solving and time management skills and lots more.
The Resilience in Mind Centre was established out of our innovative resilience work with the sporting population. Our philosophy is that ‘prevention is always better than cure’ and we aim to promote mental health, happiness, well-being & performance through resilience education and training in the general population, educational and work settings and the sports population.
Happiness in Mind offers you stress management to:
You will benefit by learning how to:
This can be offered to individuals and groups and will be tailored to meet your specific needs or requirements.
Just hit the button below or call Dr Kilcommons 07378 302 335 to discuss your requirements.