Stress for Less- How to reduce stress and be healthy

Overview

In the fast-paced society that we live in, it seems as if everyone is moving at the speed of light, and everyone has too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. The result is often anxiety and stress. This program gives participants the tools and techniques they need to properly manage their stress, both at work and at home.

Objectives

  • To learn increased awareness of what stresses you out individually

  • To learn about and come to understand life events and how they impact your levels of stress

  • To learn and understand what happens to our bodies and our nervous systems when we are stressed

  • To learn about and apply solutions in order to reduce stress and manage it well

  • To learn about physical, mental and social tools for stress management.

Program Outline:

What stresses you out today?

In the beginning section of this training program, we have an in-depth discussion and exercise about what stresses people out on a daily basis, both at home and at work. In this thought-provoking exercise, participants write down the experiences that cause them some stress and what they can do to resolve them.

Stress on a scale

In the next portion of the program, we talk about the stress scale that is used by medical professionals to determine if someone is stressed out and why. Participants go through the scale, obtain a total overall stress score, and then discuss it with the group. This creates an increased awareness of the stressors of daily life, as examined through the group members’ individual scores.

What does stress do to us?

In this module of the training program, we talk about the elements of stress, and how they affect us physically, emotionally, mentally and in terms of overall health at work and at home. We review a list of six solutions that can be applied to everyone’s life in order to reduce stress and manage it.

Awareness

In this segment of the training, we talk about how much awareness people have about what stresses them out, what their emotional triggers are, their reactions to various emotional triggers, and how they can change their responses. We then have participants break into small groups, and discuss how they can apply these concepts to their own life.

Physical

In this module of the program, we cover six different techniques and tools relating to physical activity, which are great for stress reduction and stress management. While on the surface some of these techniques seem to be relatively simple, most people find when they apply them that they are quite effective. We then engage participants in a very thought-provoking exercise where they demonstrate one of the techniques that they learned and discuss how impactful it can be in a very short amount of time.

Mental

In this section of the training, we teach the participants ten different techniques related to the mental aspects of controlling and managing stress. Some of the techniques in this section are ones that most people are not aware of, or have never considered trying.

Social

In this segment of the program, we talk about the impact that social activities can have on the ability to control and manage stress.

Action Plan

We wrap up the program by asking each person to create a comprehensive action plan on how they’re going to apply what they’ve learned in their work and at home.

Formats:

  • Option #1- One half day program

  • Option #2- (2) Webinars

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