Stress Reduction Techniques: Making Stress Work For, Not Against, You

Complaints of working too hard exist in every industry and every country.  Consider Japan:  they’ve coined a word for death by the stress caused by overwork :  Karoshi.   In its worst form, stress may cause death, and at the very least, it and its related symptoms are attributed to more than 70 percent of doctor’s visits in the United States, and costing more than $150 billion annually for U.S. companies dealing with its effects of absenteeism, diminished productivity and health-related expenses.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the right amount of stress can work for you.  Too much stress limits performance; too little stress takes away motivation. The question is — “what’s the right amount of stress?”

While there is no magical formula (one person’s stress may be another person’s motivation), the key is to find alternate ways to deal with stress and tension to make you more productive and healthy.  The goal is not to eliminate stress from one’s life (that’s impossible, anyway!), but to learn how to recognize personal stress triggers and one’s individual stress response, and then to implement a personalized action plan for greater success, efficiency and productivity.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Define, identify and analyze the stressors in their life
  • Understand the negative mental, emotional, physical and behavioral consequences of stress, as well as its positive consequences, when properly managed
  • Practice stress reduction techniques
  • Build a personal plan for stress reduction

Sample Agenda:

  • DEFINING STRESS
    • The first key to managing stress is understanding what it is; where it comes from; its effects upon our minds and bodies
  • STRESS INVENTORIES/ASSESSMENTS
    • To identify the major causes of stress and evaluate the causes in each individual’s life
  • STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES
    • Includes physical, emotional and cognitive responses
  • THE BIG FOUR:
    • Your Job
    • Managing Change
    • Conflict and Personality Differences
    • The “Super” Person Syndrome–Trying to Do and Have it All
  • DEVELOPING A PERSONALIZED ACTION PLAN

Length:
Half to full day

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