It isn't a secret that sustained stress is detrimental to physical and emotional health. In a study by Northwestern National Life, they found that 40% of workers polled reported that their job is "very or extremely stressful." Further, health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress, found the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Somehow, this knowledge hasn't helped us get serious about implementing true and prolonged stress-reduction techniques in our private and professional lives.
Why is that?
Stress hormones can be addictive, especially for those of us who rely on the "rush" we receive when the adrenaline kicks in - when we become almost super-human - attacking our work with a fervor that matches superhero levels. Just like any addiction, we become tolerant to a certain level of stress hormone in our system so we require more "kick" to get that same rushed feeling we used to experience. The kick here is more stress-inducing-stimuli, i.e. our boss getting angry because of missed deadlines, procrastination of our to-do lists leaving us with a last minute rushing around - you get the picture.
Why is this a problem?
Short-lived or infrequent episodes of stress pose little risk, and can even be seen as productive & useful. But when stressful situations go unresolved, the body is kept in a constant state of activation, increasing the rate of wear and tear to biological systems. Ultimately, fatigue or damage results, and the ability of the body to repair and defend itself can become seriously compromised. As a result, the risk of injury or disease escalates.
How can Stress Rescue™ help?
Stress Rescue™ works by helping participants get clear on what stress is, and how it looks in their life. Through a series of structured activities, participants are able to delineate stress-factors, and locate areas of high stress in their lives. Then, time-tested & effective tools for stress management are presented, with hands-on in-class practice sessions. By the end of the class or seminar, participants will be able to recognize physiological symptoms of stress and easily determine the technique for stress reduction best suited for that symptom's relief.