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Stress and Anxiety Management

We need a certain amount of stress to survive - it makes for quick reactions, dynamic thought and the ability to cope with change and challenge. However, we also need to do something when our stress levels exceed those which are good for us. If we are under too much stress our well-being suffers and so does the quality of our work and our relationships with colleagues, friends and family.

In the past, stress was sometimes dismissed as being something that only others suffer from... All too often there would be a tendency to put off dealing with it or to think that all we needed was a holiday (ranked among the top ten stress creators!). It was also looked upon by some individuals as a sign of weakness. Stress management courses were once stigmatised as being for the 'weak' or 'the people who can't cope'. Nowadays a far more enligjhtened attitude tends to be found and everyone from the top manager to the newest young recruit in an organisation is recognised as potentially sufferring from it. Similarly it is recognised that many aspects of our home lives and relationships can also lead to excessive stress.

High stress levels and their effects are recognized as one of the major commercial threats facing businesses today. Time off due to anxiety, stress and related illnesses have dramatically increased over the last ten years and the cost to organizations runs into billions of pounds. To this can be added many other effects including poor performance, conflict, anger, anxiety, impaired judgement, poor decisions and ultimately lost customers. Stress is exacting a heavy toll from individuals and companies alike. Indeed, recent litigation against organisations which have failed to recognize and manage stress in the workplace has proved even more costly to them.

This one day course is aimed at raising awareness of stress and its effects and at offerring techniques for recognizing stress in oneself and others and then managing it. It examines the physical basis of stress, healthy and unhealthy stress levels, and the relationship between unhealthy stress levels and certain types of thoughts, actions and feelings.

Participants will identify their own stress triggers in a non-threatening environment. They will learn ways of coping with and reducing the effects of stress on themselves and others including tried and tested methods of stress management.