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Dr Bridget Kirsop advises on Taking the Stress Out of Life

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At some time or another, everyone will go through stress, whether it is the kids at home or racing to meet a work deadline.

Far too many people simply dismiss it as one of those things you have to get through.

However, the damaging effects of stress are clear. It is one of the most predominant causes of ill health among the British public, and once the domino effect begins, it can rapidly have consequences on family and work colleagues.

April has been National Stress Awareness month with a national drive also in action recently about mental wellness, led by the Princes William and Harry who talked about their own issues following the death of their mother Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales. Being conscience that everyone should know that the mind has to stay healthy in order to enjoy a good life is crucial.

The statistics back this up.  A Health and Safety Executive survey in 2015/16 showed that the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1,510 per one hundred thousand workers.

The figures from the survey into work related stress, depression and anxiety also show that, in 2015/16, stress accounted for 37 per cent of all work related ill health cases and 45 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health.

But it does not have to be that way.

Dr Bridget Kirsop, one of Wales’ top practitioners of Neuro Linguistic Programming, said it is important to take time out and ensure you de-stress as much as possible.

Dr Bridget said:

“If you are stressed, then it has a major effect on your emotional wellbeing and also your physical well-being.

“We’ve all heard of people who have heart attacks, serious illnesses and depression as a direct result of stress.

“And I’m not talking about the minor challenges in your life – you often hear people say “I’m stressed out today” as they smile at you and carry on as normal. They are not stressed.

“I’m talking about the stress when challenges and pressure tip over into a stuck and negative emotional state.

“I run an NLP graduate group once a  month for people who have qualified in NLP on one of my courses and we took the opportunity to explore stress recently, using a  tool developed by Robert Dilts- an NLP guru.

“It looks at the levels of change and how making changes at one level is different to making changes at another level.”

For more information on the changes that Dr Bridget can help you make and to find out more about One Life Coaching and Dr Bridget’s NLP courses, go to www.onelife-lifecoaching.co.uk

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Gary Baker MA founded Wales and West Media Ltd in 2007 and works within journalism and PR across all sectors of media, from TV, radio, sport, print and new and social media.

Gary has written for all the London-based tabloid and broadsheet papers and worked with clients from many different industries, from childrens charites to recyling and, particularly, sport.

He is a Masters degree graduate in entrepreneurship and business development and founded Welsh business magazine SME Wales in 2013. In 2014, after working with a client within the umbrella of national governing body Sport Wales for ten years, he founded Welsh Sport magazine.

Gary has worked within Welsh organisations to bring major events to the Principality, most proudly the British Cycling National Road Race Championships in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2014.

He has worked with many people on developing business PR strategies within their sport, and, as a former sports editor and writer, knows what it is like on the ’other side of the desk’ when press releases and pictures land in the inbox.

Gary has written for newspapers and websites at some of the biggest sporting events in the world, such as the Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. The proudest of all, however, was working for 17 days, with an Access All Areas media accreditation, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. This is his personal gold medal.

Gary is a member of national bodies the Sports Journalists Association and the Rugby Union Writers Club. He is also a long-term member of many business clubs in Wales and the West of England.

His teenage daughter means everything to him but he also enjoys rugby union, walking, films, cyclling and the company of friends – and is somewhat known for an ability to scout out cheap train tickets on the internet.

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