Monday, 12 December 2016

What your employer needs to know about stress


How big a problem is work related stress? Perhaps bigger than you think.
This is our handy info-graphic guide to the latest figures on why employers should take action.

Monday, 14 November 2016

7 reasons to have a good laugh


When we're young we laugh easily but as we get older we often lose that habit. In fact a number of studies will tell you that laughter is really good for you, decreasing stress, anxiety and depression and increasing happiness and contentment.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Guest blog - the harmful side effects of stress


When it comes to stress, there are not a lot of positives things associated with it. Although when a person is put under a sustainable stress level, it can help that person to perform better and even get them out of dangerous situations. Therefore, it can be concluded that you are not damaged by stress in its own right, but rather by chronic stress which can affect your physical health, your mental well-being, your relationships with others and even your sense of peace within the world.

Monday, 12 September 2016

What is PTSD?


For numerous people, stress is a part of life, and most of us have experienced it at some point, but depending on the circumstances, the intensity of the stress may vary. Sometimes, following a trauma, someone can become overwhelmed by stress, and this can lead to a lack of ability to cope. Anything that reminds us of the trauma, even ordinary day to day experiences, can trigger off symptoms like nightmares, anxiety and flashbacks (feeling as if you are reliving the trauma).

Monday, 8 August 2016

How dealing with your stress makes you a better parent

We've all been there – there's a crisis at work, the phone's ringing, the washing machine has broken down leaving no clean clothes for school tomorrow, and your normally well behaved child decides to see how many cornflakes she can flush down the loo before it blocks.

On another day you might think that was amusing, or be proud that your child has the enquiring mind of a scientific genius, but today it’s all too much. Instead of your usual reasonable and constructive approach, things quickly descend to a shouting match or tears.

Why do our children pick these moments to test us? And why does our patience seem to desert us just when we need it most? The answer to both questions is stress.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Delegation - how to do it right

Life - at work or at home - can be a bit like one of those plate spinning acts in the circus. You may be good at time management and you may have cut your jobs down to the essentials but sometimes it’s still impossible to get to everything.

Sound familiar? What you need is delegation.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is closely linked to stress but where it differs is that it has an element of anticipation, a sense of being under threat or waiting for something bad to happen, even if we don’t know where the danger may come from.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Exam stress getting you down?

The exam season is upon us, so here are a few tips for coping well.

First you need to realise that the way our bodies react to stress evolved thousands of years ago to help our cave-dwelling ancestors survive. But the kind of stress they faced was usually quite sudden and life-threatening, like a tiger jumping out and wanting to eat them!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Why stress makes public speaking impossible - and what you can do about it

A fear of public speaking is reputed to be the most common phobia in the Western World, it's certainly one that many of us can identify with. You stand up in front of a group and suddenly your mind goes blank, your voice becomes nothing more than a squeak and you have a sudden conviction that it's all going horribly wrong. So why does it happen?

Monday, 14 March 2016

Stressed? 8 reasons you need to get a colouring book

We all know people who sit in class, or meetings, doodling away on a spare piece of paper.

If we're up at the front talking we may even wonder if these people are listening to us, but it now seems that there is proof that doodling and colouring can improve our stress levels and help our concentration.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Seven simple ways to banish negative thoughts

Most of us think negatively from time to time. For many of us these thoughts are pretty transitory, they don’t last long and only have a short term impact on our thinking. For others, though, those negative thoughts become much more intrusive and overpowering. When this happens things have gone beyond worrying, and we can worry that we're losing control of our thoughts altogether. Well, the good news is that there are steps you can take to oust these unwelcome thought-visitors, and here are a few of the most effective.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Top stress management freebies

As this is written in January when many of us are tightening our belts after the holidays, getting back into 'real life', and putting up with the bad weather until Spring arrives, I thought I would look at how to get help with your stress for free.
There are lots of articles on stress and how to reduce or manage it but I was looking for sites which offered a bit more - downloadable fact sheets, audios, quizzes and so on. There don't seem to be many but I have scoured the Net and come up with these recommendations.