About Stress

About Stress

Coaching can help you to Manage Unwanted Stress.

How does Stress Impact your life?   I often hear people describe their experience of stress as a feeling of emotional upset and pressure which increases until it becomes a sensation in being out of control.  For example, what may begin as an anxiety about a pending situation can build up in pressure over time when the signs are ignored.  Typical physical descriptions of unwanted levels of pressure include, symptoms of an increased heart rate, palpitations, heat flushes and visible blushing, or headaches, digestive problems, skin disorders, increased blood pressure IBS  – to name but a few.  Most people have heard the simple explanation of stress as the ‘fight or flight response’ in reference to the physical feeling we experience in our reaction to a situation. However, few people realise the extended implications of daily anxiety and stress on our health and extended wellbeing. Stress can affect us physically but also psychologically and in our behaviours.

How would you define your stress?   Stress is defined by ISMA UK as, “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them.”   One way people try to cope with the feeling of excess pressure is to ignore taking time off to rest and instead, race on in the hope of staying on top of things.  Most of us have been there!

A person’s stress may be driven by external stressors, that is, in relation to the expectations we feel others place on us.  For example, our workload or family responsibilities, and our endless lists can seem too great sometimes for the time in which we have to carry out these tasks.  Alternatively, our internal stressors and our personal self-expectations can become too excessive if left unnoticed or unchecked, both for ourselves and for others.  Many of my clients find it surprising when we discover just how much self-pressure they are placing upon themselves.

How do people cope with a feeling of too much pressure?  All too frequently this can involve turning to habits which can become addictive. Such habits give a false feeling, even a belief, of temporary respite from the anxiety of our workload and the pressure we feel to complete tasks. We get a temporary feeling of a buzz to continue.  However, these habits can become addictive, such as caffeine, comfort eating and a sugar rush, smoking, drugs …  and not to forget Workaholism is also addictive!

To recap, habits and addictions can physically affect us and impact upon our lives in different negative ways. Some habits can lead to addictions in the misguided belief that they provide a means of  relief from pressure; whereas, they can give rise to yet another set of problems, such as changes in our behaviour;  health and weight problems;  relationship breakups and ultimately, failed communication levels.

The first important thing to learn is how to moderate our behaviours and self expectations. Learn how to calm out thoughts and to alleviate this pressure. This can be achieved though the incorporation of easy various stress management techniques into our daily lives such as stress audits, and progressive relaxation and Mindfulness techniques.  The next stages will be discussed in further Blogs and these includes remove unwanted procrastination, improve communication skills effective assertiveness, and the reduction of those unwanted habits.

I have designed and delivered training courses for leading multi-national firms and am registered with leading industry bodies as an Executive Business and Life Coach, Stress Management Consultant and Hypno-psychotherapist.  I will be pleased to advise you on how to best manage anxiety and stress.

I hope you have found this information helpful and if you would like any further information please contact me at https://www.sarahoward.co.uk   If you would like to engage in coaching, I can offer a free telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes. I have four locations in Aston Clinton, Kings Langley, London and Wheatley.