Workshop on Stress      for members of          AMDIS     24 November 2011             Julia StewardChrysalis Leadership D...
If you can keep your head … Aims of the workshop Share what we know about stress Consider how to avoid becoming stressed...
Whitehall II : Stress and Health 1985
StressThe good newsThe number of cases of stress at work fell slightly in2010/11 as compared to the previous year (notstat...
A state of mind we experience when wefeel unable to meet the demands of themoment, often leading to a sense ofbeing out of...
Danger!      Message from                             brain to adrenal                             glands: ‘releaseBlood f...
Task 1: What causes you stress• Individually spend up to 5  minutes listing things that cause  you stress• Share with a co...
situation        others            me
Nothing isstressful to meunless I chooseto make it so
Injunctionsought        should                 12
TraitsGenerally, unconscious drivers of behaviour:    be perfect: produce reliable accurate work; not     okay to get thi...
Task 2: Traits and drivers of behaviour• Individually spend a few minutes scanning the  document; focus on   – positive at...
I’m feeling stressed …           • Notice!           • Breathe deeply           • Find an outlet for the adrenalin        ...
AttitudeThe longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude on lifeAttitude, to me, is more important than facts. ...
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  • HiWelcomeWord about me: mostly working with senior leaders in schools; background to my interest in stress: coaching tells me that often people have choices that they don’t recognise
  • 1985 study by Michael Marmot (?Sir) Contrary to thinking at the time, where chief executives were likely to be under greater pressure than those in less high profile positionsAll about control .. Or perception of controlLots of research into causes and effects of stress, so we’re much more aware of it
  • Thoughts about why?Let’s have some words you associate with stress
  • What’s going on in our brainsGo through sequence Often hear people saying ‘I didn’t even think’ or ‘I couldn’t think straight ‘ (losing your head)Cognitive stuff closes down (amygdala hijack) Emotions react before we have time to think (this is why we can become ‘unreasonable’ when we’re under stressStress can build up , so first encounter with stressful situation …..
  • (enter swan)But underneath, you might be feeling more like (pic)Turn to handout; give instructions :
  • Arguably these components in any situation that you might be able to influenceWhich have you most control over?
  • If you can keep your head2

    1. 1. Workshop on Stress for members of AMDIS 24 November 2011 Julia StewardChrysalis Leadership Development Ltd
    2. 2. If you can keep your head … Aims of the workshop Share what we know about stress Consider how to avoid becoming stressed Consider how to deal with stress when we encounter it Make a resolution which will help in future
    3. 3. Whitehall II : Stress and Health 1985
    4. 4. StressThe good newsThe number of cases of stress at work fell slightly in2010/11 as compared to the previous year (notstatistically significant)However …health, social work, education and publicadministration were the industries that reported thehighest incidence of stress Figures from the HSE
    5. 5. A state of mind we experience when wefeel unable to meet the demands of themoment, often leading to a sense ofbeing out of control when we want tofeel in control
    6. 6. Danger! Message from brain to adrenal glands: ‘releaseBlood flow adrenalin!’focuses onwhat’sessential for Increased sugar, highersurvival heart rate, raised blood pressureaway from here + hypothalamusto here pituitary gland increased cortisol
    7. 7. Task 1: What causes you stress• Individually spend up to 5 minutes listing things that cause you stress• Share with a colleague• Similarities/differences
    8. 8. situation others me
    9. 9. Nothing isstressful to meunless I chooseto make it so
    10. 10. Injunctionsought should 12
    11. 11. TraitsGenerally, unconscious drivers of behaviour:  be perfect: produce reliable accurate work; not okay to get things wrong  be strong: calm under pressure; not okay show feelings  hurry up: motivated by pressure/takes on a lot; keep busy  try hard: energised by new things; may be more motivated by endeavour than success  please people: put others first; may become overloaded for fear of letting others down
    12. 12. Task 2: Traits and drivers of behaviour• Individually spend a few minutes scanning the document; focus on – positive attributes – trait indicators• Share with a colleague• Go back to ‘causes of stress’; what are the connections? What can you change/influence to make a difference?• What would you need to do/believe to achieve that?• Share your resolution
    13. 13. I’m feeling stressed … • Notice! • Breathe deeply • Find an outlet for the adrenalin and cortisol • Take time out • Positive self talk • What are you in control of? • What do you need to let go of?Practise relaxation 15
    14. 14. AttitudeThe longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude on lifeAttitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is moreimportant than the past, than education, than money, thancircumstances, than failures, than successes, than what otherpeople think or say or do. It is more important than appearance,giftedness or skillWe cannot change our past... We cannot change the inevitableThe only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, andthat is our attitude Charles Swindoll

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