Focused Life Coaching: Reducing Stress & Enhancing Goal Striving, Well-being, and Hope
We are expected to work longer hours than ever before, with many of us at the mercy of ‘24/7’ technology like emails on our smartphones. This is leading to a growing imbalance between our home and work lives and can spiral into a vicious cycle of working longer and sleeping less. This, in turn, reduces our ability to function productively, meaning we have to work even longer to finish all our tasks.
Sheffield has been ranked as the second most stressed out city in the UK, according to a new survey released by insurance group AXA. The report also found seven per cent of Sheffield residents feel stressed constantly, 41 per cent say their personal finances are the main cause of their stress, 37 per cent are worried about their health and 36 per cent are concerned about the health of their friends and family.
Mike Lawrence Holistic Therapies offers professional stress management coaching to help clients learn and master the multidisciplinary skill-sets needed to identify stress, assess stress, and plan, execute and review a comprehensive stress management program.
Why Mike Lawrence?
Mike Lawrence is an internationally recognised peak performance mind coach with many years of experience in stress management coaching for individuals and small business.
The collaborative, professional relationship between our stress management coach and our clients addresses why stress happens, how it affects you, how to identify your unique stress profile, learning new stress control approaches, how to utilise these stress reduction methods, and how to craft a comprehensive and unified customised stress management program that suits your exact needs.
Mike Lawrence is a trusted, confidential adviser who teaches, guides and mentors clients to reach more of their personal potential.
Why Learn About Stress Management?
If you consider yourself stressed at work, it is important to do something. It is not worth risking your health for your job. After all, no-one at the end of their life ever said “I wish I’d spent more time at work”.
If you work with other people, it is also helpful to learn to recognise the symptoms of stress in others and, if necessary, refer the problem upwards to someone who can deal with it. Not only is it the ethical thing to do as you are helping a colleague, but it will also benefit you as you are improving your working environment.
Why Would Coaching Reduce Work Related Stress?
Coaching may help to reduce stress directly if an individual is seeking coaching in order to deal with stress and an appropriate coaching intervention is focused on tackling its causes, whether internal (i.e. perceptions or unhelpful core now can't imagine coping without - the ability to turn off the constant chatter in my head of daily detail, become aware of the tension carried in the body, and let all the stress evaporate."- Loui Durand, Managing Director
- Provide in-services to companies seeking to reduce their employees' stress at work
- Create & develop stress relief programs for businesses
- Work in collaboration with other health care providers
- Work as a member of the client's in-house HR health and wellbeing team
- Assist community social service programs to develop stress management services for clients
- An educator on stress management to the public as well as to groups of health care professionals
- Assist school systems to develop stress management programs for children
Recognising Stress at Work
Certain factors at work may indicate a potential problem:
- An increase in absenteeism (sick leave)
- Presenteeism (attending work while sick)
- Leavism (taking leave to catch up on work)
- Arguments and disputes with colleagues
- A tendency to work late and not take breaks
- A loss of sense of humour, replaced by irritability
- A decrease in work standards
- Indecisiveness and poor judgement
- A problem with drinking or drug taking
- More accidents at work
- A tendency to suffer from headaches, nausea, aches and pains, tiredness and poor sleeping patterns
Case Study: Priority Data
Having been consistently profitable for many years, changes in the market meant the company was making a loss. To regain its leading position in the industry, it set out to completely restructure its operation. The company also embarked on a major restructuring programme which involved decentralising its operations and establishing regional cost centres. However, while sales and profitability improved, it was at a slower rate than anticipated, and although the changes were taking effect, it was at a high personal cost – employees across the organisation were experiencing stress-related problems, including poor health, increased absenteeism and decreased productivity. A stress analysis established that it was middle managers who were experiencing the highest levels of stress resulting from the changes, especially as they perceived events to be beyond their influence or control. A further analysis confirmed that the restructuring programme had been the main source of stress, which consequently made it more difficult for employees to cope with changes as they were implemented.
To minimise the problem, I worked with the employer to introduce a programme of stress coaching to run parallel with the change initiative. The aim was to address the issues of role clarity and responsibility and, vitally, involve employees in how changes were rolled out across the organisation. The result was a tangible reduction of stress-related problems, improved staff morale and an increase in sales and productivity.
Testimonials from Senior Managment at Priority Data
"From skeptic to convert in six sessions. First and foremost, my ability to deal with stressful situations improved almost immediately and continues to improve daily. I no longer dread situations at work or in my personal life that used to cause me immense grief. Decisions have become easier, worries have been a lot less and I am a much happier confident person. Thanks for providing alternatives to stress and providing me with the skills to maintain a healthy attitude for the rest of my life." - M James, Area Manager
"The Stress course has been profoundly beneficial to me. I was fast approaching burnout physically, mentally and emotionally. Over just seven weeks the physical symptoms are receding and I'm improving in every way, every day. This has been a blessing to me. I have more energy, a greater sense of well-being and happiness. I have more joy in my life, and this is just the beginning." - P Rickman, HR Business Partner
"I have a huge amount of stress in my life. So when I finally came to realise that I needed to do something to manage my mental and physical health from the pressures of a busy life, I discovered most of the solutions being I researched weren’t for me... imagine my delight when I found Mike Lawrence, who ‘gets it’, and not just someone who is an opportunist ... Mike transferred to me, in a remarkably easy and understandable way, a skill I never knew I had, and now can't imagine coping without - the ability to turn off the constant chatter in my head of daily detail, become aware of the tension carried in the body, and let all the stress evaporate." - Loui Durand, Managing Director