Managing Stress

Stress management coach

Whilst you may love the business  that you have, it doesn’t mean that it must consume all your time and cause too much stress. You are the driving force behind your business and you just cannot run on empty. It’s important that you maintain a healthy attitude and balance  with a clear vision of WHY you are doing what you are doing.  A stress management coach can help you to find this balance.

You may be like so many other business owners (it seems to be a trait in us) who thrive on achieving, love the cut and thrust and a little sprinkling of stress makes our performance antennae quiver with anticipation of the chase but ask yourself how sustainable is this level of stress you can manage? We all have different tolerance limits so asking why others (appear to) suffer less stress than you is not going to help you. You will fall into the comparison trap and believe me it’s not easy to rescue yourself from there. If you’re experiencing any of the following warning signs, it’s time to seek advice and support:

  • You feel depressed, ‘burned out’ or that you’re missing out on life.
  • You’re often irritable or tearful.
  • You’re suffering from stress-related health issues (such as indigestion, repeated colds) or fall ill more often.
  • Your personal relationships are suffering with more disagreements.
  • You regularly feel anxious or overwhelmed by the workload.
  • You dread going to work.
  • The quality of your work is suffering.
  • You struggle to relax and ‘switch off’ from work.
  • Your appetite or digestion changes.

Managing stress is about managing thoughts and expectations which come from your values and beliefs. They create emotions of embitterment, fear, anxiety, resentment and anger. Once you have a thought in your head, often you’ll continue to feed it with memories and negativity ruminating, and allow the emotion and thought to be true, whether is actually is or not. This prolonged worrying is what causes work related stress.

How can a stress management coach help?

A stress management coach will give you the confidential space and opportunity to reflect and understand the root causes of your stress. This is usually done through a series of deep questions, helping you to consider aspects that you may have previously disregarded.

Having a professional person that is unconnected from your life and unbiased can provide you with the safe space to be completely honest without any judgement.

A stress management coaching programme could be good for you if you’re looking to:

  • Manage stress or anxiety.
  • Gain a work/life balance.
  • Manage conflict.
  • Improve your relationship with yourself and others
  • Gain direction and purpose.

The stress management programme will help you to identify and tackle the main sources of your stress. Your coach will then equip you with strategies and skills to bounce back and gain in resilience.

Some of the outcomes of stress management coaching include:

  • Greater resilience to stress.
  • Strategies for reducing stress.
  • Better grasp of emotional intelligence
  • Improved relationships.
  • Increased fun and relaxation.
  • Fresh outlook and approach
  • A potential change of direction

What’s the process for stress management coaching?

Everyone experiences stress very differently and for very different reasons. Therefore, every stress management programme must be different. We will start by assessing your current stress levels, the potential causes and the stress management techniques that you might be using now. This isn’t necessarily an easy task – I will ask some hard-hitting questions that encourage you to take an in-depth look at your life, choices, habits and behaviours.

From here, we will begin a series of coaching sessions to explore further how you can reduce or manage stress effectively. It’s essential also to understand how satisfied you are with your life and what you can change so that you gain a better balance and ideally more fun!

Your bespoke stress management plan will not only include practical tactics and strategies but also help to understand how your mindset affects your reactions. We will set both short- and long-term goals and regularly track your progress.

It’s not our aim to remove all stress, because that would be unrealistic and impossible! a small amount of stress is okay and when you understand its purpose it can be healthy, motivational. What we will do is emotional resilience and your ability to bounce back.

When you truly understand how you function and react to situations, then you begin to improve your emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness.

If you’re considering Stress Management Coaching, please get in touch. I’m always happy to have a chat about the process and how it can help you.