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Stress is seen as more than simply a natural process of adaptation, but acknowledged as potentially having a negative impact on an individual. It is no longer defined only by the existence of a stressor, but also by the result of the ‘struggle’ the individual has going on with them. And the stress reaction is considered to be a sign that the individual can no longer cope with what is being asked of them.
A difficult job will stimulate you as long as you succeed, but if difficulties arise and you are unable to manage them, the result will be feelings of stress.
One issue has been, we have no medical definition for stress and some health care professionals are unable to agree if stress is the cause of problems or the result. It can therefore be hard to understand why somebody feels stressed.
We do however know what stress feels like, it’s just difficult to describe it. So, we can use terms like “I feel stressed” or “this is stressful” when we talk about having a lot of work to do, not having much control over what is happening or having demands on us that we simply find difficult to cope with.
Many strategies exist to help us deal with stress and understand how we react to it, so we can cope with the modern world. Some people have a natural ability to manage stress and others learn through experience or training. Here are some of the more popular approaches and strategies you can discuss when coaching stress management:
What is stress?
The definition of stress
The role of stress
Signs of stress
Personalities prone to stress
Can we have good and bad stress?
Using stress to your advantage
The psychological aspect of stress
Behaviors associated with the stress reaction
Stress, anxiety and depression
Life events and micro stressors
Understanding the impact of Long-Term Stress
Learning to cope
Stress at work
Karasek – Demand control model
Example of corporate stress
Coaching Stress Management
Hierarchy of needs
The Process Communication Model®
Managing stress as a coach
Managing your stress levels
Are we more stressed today?
Meditation & Mindfulness
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