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