Stress & Anxiety

People, companies and organisations ignore stress and anxiety at their peril, as both the personal and organisational costs are immense. While these might be considered manageable in the short-term, treating them as a form of ‘inevitable collateral damage’ in the high pressured pursuit of goals is short-sighted, unsustainable and counter-productive. It is also unnecessary.

While the stresses associated with modern-day life are not going to disappear, the good news is that there are simple, practical tools and techniques that people can use which make a real difference in their lives. These can have real, tangible benefits for both the well-being of individuals and the productivity of the companies and organisations in which they work.

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Workshop Overview

Stressful and pressure situations will continue in both our personal and professional lives. But within this context, how we deal with or respond to external stressful situations makes all the difference between surviving and thriving.

Unfortunately, at the level of the individual, most of our responses run automatically and non-consciously, meaning that they go unobserved, unchallenged and unchanged. But the good news is that by recognising this, we are in a position to update our internal Mental Maps (the software running in the background) and learn to identify and respond to triggers of stress in new, healthier and more productive ways.

There are many important and positive approaches to anxiety and stress management (e.g., wellness activities, diet, exercise, sleep, etc.). This workshop, however, will focus on the physiological and cognitive drivers of stress (including the non-conscious/ automatic ones), as these are key to developing long term resilience and change.

The aim is that participants will gain insights (‘light-bulb moments’) which change their perspective and thinking about stress and anxiety. Most importantly of all, by the end of the workshop, participants will be clear that they are able to influence their stress response and that it is not simply beyond their control.

Feedback from previous participants.

Approach

Many inherently stressful situations exist in both our personal and professionals lives, many of which are outside of our immediate control. It is beyond the scope of this workshop to address these. Rather, the focus is on how we respond to the challenges we face and, in doing so, open up new possibilities for action.

A 5 minute Google search will reveal 60+ techniques for managing stress, ranging from chewing gum to practicing yoga, or from getting a massage to managing your email inbox more effectively. While many of these techniques might be effective (especially when they involve improved diet, exercise and sleep), this workshop is something different to the typical Stress and Anxiety Management offering. Rather, it focuses on ‘getting under the hood’ to explore some of the core physiological and psychological processes which go inside a person when faced with stressful situations and how we can manage these.

Although learning to relax more is crucial, this is only a part of the solution to stress and anxiety. Instead, the focus is on helping participants find more empowering, active and productive states where they can perform at their best. Key to this is understanding the deep biological/ evolutionary roots of stress and anxiety. Armed with this knowledge, we can then understand where and how we can intervene to produce the outcomes that we are seeking.

The workshop combines our modern understanding of the functioning of the brain (particularly drawing on neuroscience, but with elements of other cognitive sciences) with a diverse range of visualisation, awareness shifting, state change and auto suggestion tools and techniques. These enable us to become ‘informed consumers of our minds’, providing us with a heightened ability to manage our responses and putting our Agency centre-stage where it belongs.

While the workshop is primarily for companies and organisations, the approach is person-centred. As such, participants will gain skills and knowledge which are entirely transferable to all situations; skills which are useful not just for reducing stress and anxiety, but also for reaching goals and getting more of the things they want from life.

Important: At no point in the workshop are participants requested to share any personal information or be put in an uncomfortable position. While informative and engaging, the workshop is relaxed and enjoyable!

WHAT YOU WIL GET

enhanced clarity

Understanding of the deep evolutionary/ biological roots of stress & anxiety and how these transfer to our modern lifestyle.

COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY

Ability to use different cognitive processes to view and react to situations in more flexible and effective ways.

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PRODUCTIVE FOCUS

Enhanced capacity to shift from stressed and distracted multi-tasking to more optimal, enjoyable and healthy flow states.

PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR EVERYDAY

Simple, practical 'anytime/ anyplace' tools that anyone can use to open up new possibilities for action and problem solving.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

For Companies / Organisations

The workshop can be tailor-made for teams, companies and organisations. Please get in contact to discuss your requirements and how we can help.

For Individuals

There are a number of scheduled dates for this workshop which are open to everyone to participate. See the events section for details.

Stress & Anxiety

People, companies and organisations ignore stress and anxiety at their peril, as both the personal and business costs are immense. The enormous additional burdens placed on everyone as a result of COVID have exacerbated what was already a chronic situation.

While the stresses associated with modern-day life are not going to disappear, the good news is that there are simple tools and techniques that people can use which make a real difference in people’s lives. These can have real, tangible benefits for both the individuals themselves and the companies and organisations in which they work.

Workshop Overview

Stressful and pressure situations will continue in both our personal and professional lives. But within this context, how we deal with or respond to external stressful situations makes all the difference between surviving and thriving.

Unfortunately, at the level of the individual, most of our responses run automatically and non-consciously, meaning that they go unobserved, unchallenged and unchanged. But the good news is that by recognising this, we are in a position to update our internal Mental Maps (the software running in the background) and learn to identify and respond to triggers of stress in new, healthier and more productive ways.

There are many important and positive approaches to anxiety and stress management (e.g., wellness activities, diet, exercise, sleep, etc.). This workshop, however, will focus on the physiological and cognitive drivers of stress (including the non-conscious/ automatic ones), as these are key to developing long term resilience and change.

The aim is that participants will gain insights (‘light-bulb moments’) which change their perspective and thinking about stress and anxiety. Most importantly of all, by the end of the workshop, participants will be clear that they are able to influence their stress response and that it is not simply beyond their control. 

Feedback from previous participants.

Approach

​Many inherently stressful situations exist in both our personal and professionals lives, many of which are outside of our immediate control. It is beyond the scope of this workshop to address these. Rather, the focus is on how we respond to the challenges we face and, in doing so, open up new possibilities for action.

A 5 minute Google search will reveal 60+ techniques for managing stress, ranging from chewing gum to practicing yoga, or from getting a massage to managing your email inbox more effectively. While many of these techniques might be effective (especially when they involve improved diet, exercise and sleep), this workshop is something different to the typical Stress and Anxiety Management offering. Rather, it focuses on ‘getting under the hood’ to explore some of the core physiological and psychological processes which go inside a person when faced with stressful situations and how we can manage these.

Although learning to relax more is crucial, this is only a part of the solution to stress and anxiety. Instead, the focus is on helping participants find more empowering, active and productive states where they can perform at their best. Key to this is understanding the deep biological/ evolutionary roots of stress and anxiety. Armed with this knowledge, we can then understand where and how we can intervene to produce the outcomes that we are seeking.

The workshop combines our modern understanding of the functioning of the brain (particularly drawing on neuroscience, but with elements of other cognitive sciences) with a diverse range of visualisation, awareness shifting, state change and auto suggestion tools and techniques. These enable us to become ‘informed consumers of our minds’, providing us with a heightened ability to manage our responses and putting our Agency centre-stage where it belongs.

While the workshop is primarily for companies and organisations, the approach is person-centred. As such, participants will gain skills and knowledge which are entirely transferable to all situations; skills which are useful not just for reducing stress and anxiety, but also for reaching goals and getting more of the things they want from life.

Important: At no point in the workshop are participants requested to share any personal information or be put in an uncomfortable position. While informative and engaging, the workshop is relaxed and enjoyable!

Next Steps

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity and host this workshop in your company or organisation, then please get in contact for further information.

I will be happy to answer any of your questions and provide an introduction to the topics that we will address in the workshop.

Some Practicalities

Timing and Length

The workshop can last from 2 or 3 hours to 2 days. It depends on your goals and time availability. Even though Stress and Anxiety is a huge topic, a surprising amount can be accomplished in 2 or 3 hours. Nevertheless, it does only allow for a ‘taster’. A longer workshop enables participants. Obviously, a shorter session only allows for a ‘taster’, whereas a longer session means that participants can gain a more in-depth understanding of the topic as well as practice and contextualise the tools and techniques. It is also entirely possible to break the content into a series of modules.

Location

The workshop can be done in-person or online. However, if this is done online it is highly recommended to divide the content into a number of shorter sessions or modules, as issues of concentration quickly occur.

Participants

The number of participants is entirely flexible, although clearly the smaller the group, the greater the opportunity for interaction.

Conversely, the greater the number of participants from a particular team, the more traction the tools, techniques and ways of thinking will get in your organisation. In particular, because stress and anxiety is very transferable within a team and so going through the process together enables real change.

Flexibility

While there are a number of core concepts and tools, the specific workshop will be tailored to your needs.

Costs

Costs depend upon the length of the workshop. A discount is available for not-for-profit organisations.

Interested?

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to discuss how I can help you and your teams.

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