The UK’s government agency the Health and Safety Executive says there is a convincing link between stress and ill health. Its research with Personnel Today Magazine recently showed that over 105 million days are lost to stress each year– costing UK employers £1.24 billion. The research is based on responses from almost 700 senior HR practitioners and almost 2,000 employees. Exacerbates Other findings include: 11% of absence is attributed to stress 52% say stress is increasing 60% claim stress is damaging staff retention 83% think stress is harming productivity sleep disturbance (insomnia, sleeping fitfully) clenched jaw grinding teeth digestive upsets lump in your throat difficulty swallowing agitated behavior, like twiddling your fingers playing with your hair increased heart rate general restlessness sense of muscle tension in your body, or actual muscle twitching noncardiac chest pains dizziness, lightheartedness hyperventilating sweaty palms nervousness stumbling over words high blood pressure lack of energy fatigue Cognitive signs of stress include: mental slowness confusion general negative attitudes or thoughts constant worry your mind races at times difficulty concentrating forgetfulness difficulty thinking in a logical sequence the sense that life is overwhelming; you can’t problem-solve Emotional signs of stress include: irritation no sense of humor frustration jumpiness, overexcitability feeling overworked feeling overwhelmed sense of helplessness apathy Behavioral signs of stress include: decreased contact with family and friends poor work relations sense of loneliness decreased sex drive avoiding others and others avoid you because you’re cranky failing to set aside times for relaxation through activities such as hobbies, music, art or reading
Stress is caused by two things. Primarily it is down to whether you think situations around you are worthy of anxiety. And then it's down to how your body reacts to your thought processes. This instinctive stress response to unexpected events is known as 'fight or flight'.
Stress is caused by two things. Primarily it is down to whether you think situations around you are worthy of anxiety. And then it's down to how your body reacts to your thought processes. This instinctive stress response to unexpected events is known as 'fight or flight'. Stress happens when we feel that we can't cope with pressure and this pressure comes in many shapes and forms, and triggers physiological responses. These changes are best described as the fight or flight response, a hard-wired reaction to perceived threats to our survival. When survival had meant facing immediate and real threats such as confronting a charging elephant, our response has saved lives. Carnegie Mellon University (2012, April 2). How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit. ScienceDaily . A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. "When under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease. Because inflammation plays a role in many diseases such as cardiovascular, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model suggests why stress impacts them as well."
Benefits of being resilient The ability to adjust quickly to new circumstances The ability to maintain energy, drive and determination in the face of challenges The ability to recover quickly from setbacks and adversity Good emotional and physical health when under pressure Stronger relationships and better communication Increased personal satisfaction and quality of life
comprises 6 B.O.U.N.C.E components
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B.O.U.N.C.E. TMYour Way to Less Stress Helen Turier RGN MAR
Stress No 1 cause of longterm workplace absence (CIPD survey Nov 2011) 13.7 Million working dayslost per year due to stress (CIPD survey Nov 2011) Stress Linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, cancer & exacerbates many common health problems
Definition of Stress (HSE)“The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed upon them”
Resilience• A natural buffer against stress• Resilience is a combination of thoughts, behaviours, and actions that can be developed and learnt by all by following the B.O.U.NC.E. model• Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity
B.O.U.N.C.E. TM• Belief in your ability to cope• Optimism & Goal Setting• sUrvival• Nurture• Connection & support• Enjoyment of celebration & gratitude
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