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Just about everybody experiences stress at some
point or another and that's OK. In fact, you would be quite a strange person
to have never experienced some sort of stress in your life.
that suffer from stress most are those that strive to control the
uncontrollable. For senior managers and shop workers alike, entirely
unachievable deadlines are the big killer: unrealistic sales targets, over
extended work hours and job completion times are just a few of the reasons
people site as causes of stress.
The manual worker expected to carry
out a 4 hour task in 2 hours is under as much stress as any senior manager
attempting to do a 100 hour week in just 40 or 50 hours. Both are
attempting to control situations which are not realistically controllable.
Many people describe the stress
response as an ancient response to fight or flight situations. If it
is true or not is absolutely irrelevant. What matters is this, when
you perceive yourself to be in control you produce entirely different
chemicals in your brain from those that you produce when you believe your
situation is outside your control.
The key to stress management is
recognising what is and is not within your own control set and dealing with
In recent times it has been necessary for many
workers to deal with the stress related to possible lay offs or enforced
redundancy. Stress levels are always at their highest during the
uncertainty period... "Will I be let go or not?" is the question that causes
all the trouble because the answer is outside the control set of the
Once the answer is known, only then is it possible
for the employee to make decisions about what to do next.
situation that causes a stress reaction and at the root of the situation is
a question about control.
Directed Mindsets helps people to deal with stress by establishing
control management set and working on mental and physical strategies that
will expand the set and deal with any nasty side effects they may be
middle manager from a national chain of estate
agents chose to use the Directed Mindset stress management strategy and
reported back that he actually slept for more than four hours a night for
the first time since the down turn hit.
Even though the higher levels of
management conceded that the national statistics concerning house sales were correct,
house sales were in
rapid decline, and mortgage lenders
were not actually lending much money... particularly the big banks... he and his fellow
managers were still expected to hit their pre crisis targets.
The unrealistic targets caused a
severe lack of control in the man's work life and was destroying his confidence,
which influenced his home
life, and causing him considerable physiological challenges including
sleeplessness, churning tummy, palpitations and an occasional nervous
By redefining his
internal control management set he took back control
of his and his job. In his last feedback session he reported that his area sales figures had improved,
his home life was back on track and the physical symptoms had disappeared.
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