Moving from Distress to De-stress Workshop: The 4 Rs that Every Employee Should know!
This course will cover:
1) REACTIONS to stress on the body,
2) RECOGNITION of when a “Stressor” is occurring,
3) REDUCTION of the impact, and
4) RESILIENCY, training yourself so that the “stressors” are not so stressful!
By increasing our tolerance muscle strength to stressful situations, we are less likely to feel the effects of stress and become healthier and happier in our work and in our lives. This is one of the keys to increasing a positive emotional state and attitude.
Summary of workshop:
Stress will occur in our lives, regardless of where we live, what type of relationships we have, or what we do. However, we do have the ability to increase our stress tolerance so that the “stressors” have less effect on our lives. This is paramount if we want to stay physically healthy, build great relationships, and maintain positive attitude. Understanding the effects that stress has on our bodies provides real physical clues of the harm stress can cause. Research has demonstrated that stress produces higher cortisol levels in the body. With higher cortisol levels, the ramifications can be impaired cognitive performance (do we think well under stress?), suppression of the thyroid function (causing feeling sluggish, fatigue, difficulty in focus—sound familiar?), blood sugar imbalances such as hyper glycaemia, decrease bone density, decrease muscle tissue, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity, and increase abdominal fat! Sounds like a lot? What if you could choose to reduce the stress in your life and not have these negative symptoms?
Once we realize that regardless of the “stressor,” the symptom of stress is essentially a feedback-loop that we are going into a contracted mode. Understanding the concepts of contraction and expansion, the two physical states that we live in, provide the basis of managing stress. During the course we will practice flexing our stress tolerance muscles by identifying our “triggers”, observing and labeling our emotions, using distraction tactics and practicing attention training techniques. These tools strengthen our stress tolerance and move us quicker to a beneficial state of expansion. Once in this expanded state, we are able to address the “stressor” in a constructive, positive manner.
During the workshop, we will explore the 4 Rs of a Stress Tolerance system: Reactions of stress, Recognition of when stress is occurring, Reduction of the impact of stress, and Resiliency–the art of muscle flexing and raising the tolerance to stress . The seminar will move through practical tips of noticing our states of contraction or when “triggers” are occurring and how to move eloquently through that to the state of expansion. Once in this positive state, we are able to come back around and handle the cause of the contracted state in a clear, open, thoughtful manner. By responding differently to stressful situations, we become healthier, happier and are able to build stronger relationships. Discussion on how this tool can be used with family, friends, and co-workers will be addressed. The outcome of using this technique will be a home and work environment that is more accepting, calmer and promoting an atmosphere of direct communication and positive attitudes and emotions.