We were at Manchester Royal Infirmary today, providing our stress management workshop to carers for dementia and managed to make it, despite the cold weather and blustery winds. The session was introduced by Manchester NHS as part of their wellbeing remit for their carers and was the final session.
The group had already learnt about the “fight/flight” model and had some telling stories of what they felt like when they experienced the fight / flight phenemonon. This included feeling exhausted after a stressful situation, to having stomach problems, IBS and panic attacks.
Stress impacts the body in so many ways and it is important to recognise the relationship between what we think and how we deal with a stressful situation and most importantly what it will do to our bodies.
The fight/flight response amongst other things, triggers the circulatory system – increasing blood to the heart so that blood gets to muscles quicker. Whilst the liver produces more glucose, which gives us that extra “push”/energy to run or confront the stressful situation.
The problem begins, when we are in one stressful situation after another. The body stays in “emergency” mode and does not shut off, so after time, we begin to get digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, etc.
It is the intention of our stress management workshop for attendees to learn unique and proven ways of helping to reduce the flight/fight response and to initiate the para-sympathetic response instead.
We aim to release the feel good chemicals, like endorphins and oxytocin during the workshop and show attendees what they can do to achieve this.
Our techniques were a success with the group, with people saying that they felt relaxed almost immediately and that the tension, for instance, in their shoulders was less. During the stress management workshop, we also shared our unique hand massage routine, which allowed attendees to learn how to self massage.
When we are stressed out, we hold our bodies differently and so it was our intention to not only help to reduce stress but also for attendees to become more body conscious. Our stress management workshops are unique, since we actively promote body awareness, recognising how we hold our bodies and how it feels.
We then begin to take pro active steps to reduce stress, so that we not only feel de-stressed, but we also are able to deal with stress better, sleep better, have better relationships with people, etc.
It is the ultimate win win situation.
To find out more about how your office, group or workplace can benefit from our stress management workshops, please email us.