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Stress Management for When the Going Gets Tough
When the Going Gets Tough - The Tough Get Going
Well so they say - and that is probably okay for a week or maybe even a month.
But 100% full-on? - That's just not sustainable.
The thing with pressure is that we all handle it differently.
A traffic jam on the way to a meeting to one of us might be a rare opportunity to catch up on that new play list on the iPod.
To another one of us, we will be reaching for the mobile to reply to that text your other half sent this morning.
And some of us will be ranting at the traffic, the lights, the government and life in general.
Even Over Stressed People Do a Lot
Repeat, We Do a Lot!
Have a quick scan of all the things you did this morning from when you woke until mid morning at work?
Now do it again: remember all the small things that go 'under the radar' - that last minute wash so you have a clean shirt for tomorrow, dropping the keys off to a neighbour to let in the plumber - the everyday stuff - lots and lots of essential tasks - and then on top of all that we have our work.
Now imagine that 'thing' that crops up unexpectedly - it could be an important presentation that a client requests at two days notice, or the proposal you have been working on comes back for a further edit or maybe something at home - someone gets sick and needs you there.
Stress Management - 61% of employees are suffering from stress
Since the middle of last year the Britain under Pressure report from Friends Provident claimed 61% of employees say they are suffering increased stress compared to three years ago.
That is almost two thirds of the people working at Friends Provident. And it's not just them, many of us may have seen colleagues edged out or made redundant.
If you put a frog in a pan of cold water and slowly turn up the heat - he won't jump out. It's like that with stress - we don't notice the gradual build up of pressure.
Stress Management - National Facts and Figures
Some Facts and Figures about Stress in the workplace from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety:
40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful.
25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.
Three fourths of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.
29% of workers felt quite a bit or extremely stressed at work.
26 percent of workers said they were "often or very often burned out or stressed by their work".
Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.
Stress can be a killer
This material is drawn from a US study, however Health and Safety Consultant Helen Toll, on behalf of Norwich Union Risk Services says: "Stress doesn't just affect the individual, it can have a detrimental impact on a business as well. It can lead to high levels of sickness absence, increased staff turnover and poor morale."
It seems that not only can stress have a negative impact on health but it can also reduce our effectiveness!
Find Out How Stressed You Are
Try our Stress Management Quiz and see how you are managing your pressure.
So, If you are storing up stress, then there is definitely something you can do about it!
4 Ways we can help you to manage stress and pressure effectively
Take a look at our document Managing Pressure Effectively - its free!
Ring +44 (0)20 7226 1877 and talk to either Doug Osborne or Katherine Grice about Stress Management (our Stress Pressure Team) - we are happy to chat!
Book a place on our Open Stress Management Course and enjoy the confidential environment to look at your stress and pressure issues.
Get us to come by and visit you, your HR or your team leader - let us discuss with you, ways in which we can help to Manage Team Pressure. We've had loads of stress management experience and really are very good at what we do! We'll get your team to be firing on all cylinders again!
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