What is Stress Management?
It's now been proven that stress lowers the immune system,
causes headaches, fatigue and is the cause of most sick days taken
off work in the UK. Sitting for hours at your desk, slumped over keyboard and paperwork isn't good for you, and you can tell this by how your body feels. You might develop a headache, sore eyes, an ache in your back or neck, all these are signs that you need a break. What better way than to revitalize and re-energise yourself with a 10-15 minute uplift?
At some time or another most of us feel stressed - perhaps through overwork; maybe a major life change has occurred such as moving house or bereavement; maybe money problems.
Different events affect different people at different times. Whatever the trigger, without some help all areas of our life can become affected adversely, thereby increasing our stress levels.
We can get trapped, like a mouse on a wheel, if we don't take some positive action. There are many signs and symptoms of stress and as people react differently it is useful to learn to recognise your own pattern in your life and how to deal with it.
Have a go at the Stress Profiler if you're not sure if you're under stress or not.
The strange thing is that stress takes many physical and mental forms that people don't even recognise as stress and pass off as something else like "a difficult period" and some women pass it off as "time of the month".
Your answers to the questionnaire will give you some ideas of your stress pattern.
There are as many approaches to stress relief, as there are triggers to stress. The best stress reliever is probably what most appeals to you as an individual. You will have taken the first step by doing the questionnaire and recognising your stress symptoms.
What can stress do to our bodies?
- Lower it's immune system so you will catch any virus or bacterial thing going
- Slows down our circulation causing cold hands, cold feet and temperature fluctuations.
- Cause our lymphatic system to slow down and toxins to build triggering headaches and migraines, fatigue and loss of concentration.
- Causes your blood pressure to rise or fall (high/low blood pressure)
- Slow digestion causing indigestion and heartburn.
- Shallow breathing which in turn aggravates asthma, and can cause some digestive problems
NLP & Stress Management
Neuro- Linguistic programing provides us with a blueprint of reality that shows how others have positively responded to similar stressful situations that we are facing at present. This lets us understand about practical life-situations and how it can be successfully handled. We see the differences in approaches and make conscious efforts to change our attitudes to stressors. Practice of NLP gives us occasion to grow out of our limited capability to face life positively. When encountered with stress or depression, many of us have and applied these principles in our life without even realizing it came from NLP.
'Neuro' refers to the neural network that feeds information to the brain. Neurons or nerve cells are the working units used by the nervous system to receive, store and send signals.
'Linguistics' is about the content (verbal and non-verbal) that moves across and through these networks.
What It Does
Through 'programming' stored content or signal is manipulated by brain to convert them into useful information. The brain may direct the signal, sequence it, or change it based on our prior experiences, or connect it to some other experience we have stored in our brain to convert it into thinking patterns, and behaviours.
- NLP is increasingly used in the therapeutic spheres to bring about mind-body healing, attitude change and personal growth.
- It provides the tools that enable a connection between self and others.
- Many of NLP's tools and applications are widely used in business, management, education, and sports training as effective measures to manage/cure stress, depression and complex personality problems.
- NLP can increase the quality and effectiveness of our relationships, beginning with our personal and intimate relationships to our professional lives.
How It Works
NLP uses our self-image and attitude towards illness to effect change and promote healing in us. It relies heavily on the human sense of hope. When a person loses hope and feels helpless in the face of supposedly incurable diseases such as AIDS or cancer, the body just 'quits trying'. If the patient is made aware of his or her inner abilities and what it can accomplish, he or she may see things differently and encourage the body to not to 'give in'. In the process the body's natural healing power may get activated again.
NLP is based on many useful presuppositions supporting the attitude that change in a situation is very much possible. NLP believes flexibility in thinking and not rigidity, is the key element in a stress response. The one, who is most likely to survive a stress, responds positively to changing (or unchanging) circumstances. If what you're doing isn't working, try something else, regardless of whether the new method would work for you or not. You may find something else, which has worked for some other person. It is about never losing hope.
Key Presuppositions - Beliefs of Excellence
- Communication is more than what you are saying.
- No one is wrong or broken.
- People already have all the resources they need.
- Behind every behavior is a positive intention.
- Every behavior is useful in some context.
- The meaning of a communication is the response you get.
- If you aren't getting the response you want, try something different.
- There is no such thing as failure. There is only feedback.
- Choice is better than no choice.
- In any system, the element with the most flexibility exerts the most influence.
- The map is not the territory.
- If someone can do something, anyone can learn it.
- You cannot fail to communicate