Monday, 11 September 2017

Can having a pet help reduce your stress levels?

Many people have observed that their stress levels drop when they have a pet. Various organisations such as Pets As Therapy and Veterans With Dogs have used this knowledge for years, bringing pets to vulnerable people, and seeing excellent results in mood improvement. Those who own a dog are also far less likely to die within a year of having a heart attack than those who don't [1]. Peer-reviewed science is now backing these observations up.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Effective approaches to stress management


I believe that there are three main approaches to dealing with stress. These are (i) resolving the issue that's causing the stress, (ii) learning new ways to cope with the situation so you perceive it as less stressful and (iii) improving your resilience so stress bothers you less generally. These are, of course, are pretty sweeping statements, so let’s have a look at them more closely now.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Teachers and stress

A lot is written at this time of year about helping children to beat exam stress, and very soon we'll start on the topic of how to ease your child into school for the first time. I've written about these topics myself (follow the links). But what about the teachers whose job it is to keep our children safe, learning and happy?

Monday, 8 May 2017

A free stress reduction visualisation


Elsewhere on this blog you'll find some ideas about how you can help yourself if your stress levels are high.  Using you imagination is another way of doing this because what you imagine begins to feel real. This is the same as reading a book, or watching a film - you feel sad, happy, scared or joyous according to what's going on in the story even though your rational mind tells you 'It's not real'. So, if you imagine peaceful and calm thoughts and feelings, they feel real as well.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Five F's of Stress


Many people refer to the stress response as 'fight or flight', but did you know that there are more options than just these two?

Fight or flight were the two basic options required by our ancestors when faced with a hungry tiger or another immediate threat. You can’t deal with this kind of situation by rationalising, planning or making decisions, you just have to react.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Why are we affected by stress?

Most of the stresses faced by our primitive ancestors were short sharp shocks: the sort of danger that threatens if a predator attacks. To survive, our ancestors either had to be able to run faster than the predators, or fight better.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Prove the power of your mind - with a lemon

Most people have a good idea about what’s involved with coaching or counselling, which I use to help a large number of stressed people. But they are intrigued - or occasionally alarmed - when they find out that I also offer hypnotherapy. (Bear with me, we'll get to that lemon!) Visions of clucking chickens and dancing Elvises must pass through a few minds, but actually hypnosis can be a really useful tool to use in your stress management sessions.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Guest Blog - Four steps to reduce stress at work

Almost all jobs have some element of stress – even if you love your role! Reducing work related stress is very important as over time it can be harmful to physical and emotional health.
The Health and Safety Executive define work related stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work’ – the key element of this definition is the phrase ‘excessive pressures’. Taking control of ‘pressures’ can help reduce and even irradiate stress.