Stress at work is a major issue. It is the single largest reported cause of all work-related illnesses. Statistics show that in 2016/2017 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety and 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress.¹ Stress can be highly debilitating, effecting our physical and emotional health and reducing our performance and productivity.
However, this does not have to be the case. Stress is caused when we produce adrenaline and cortisol, when our alarm bell system goes off. This makes sense when we are under real external threat but not when we have a heavy work load or other situations that can feel stressful. When people understand this and start to explore what they are telling themselves to cause them to feel stressed they can start to manage this evolutionary error in thinking.
In this workshop we explore how the brain works, the difference between our older and newer brain and what happens to cause us to experience stress. We look at causes of stress and how we respond. Next we introduce a therapeutic tool to help people work out what they are telling themselves to cause them to feel stress and how they can start to rescript these internal messages to minimise the flight and fight response.