Managing Pressure Positively

Margaret Collins

Managing Pressure Positively in turbulent times
Stress, a part of everyday life, something to be lived with, inescapable???

Stress often has power over us because we don’t realize that we have choices and could be doing things differently, even in these difficult and challenging times.

Right now, many of us are doing ordinary things very differently, making things up as we go along, trying things out for the first time. Some of us will love this, more of us will find it exhausting.

This session will help us to understand the nature and sources of our stress, to understand the relationship between pressure and stress. When we see how the resources we have, or believe we have, significantly change the effects and consequences of stressors, we will understand why it is so important to be aware of how we think about stress. 

We will gain skills to deal with stress symptoms and with stressful situations in a more helpful way and explore different ways to relax and how to choose a healthier and happier future.

The skills gained can be equally applied to stress at home or at work, from dealing with tasks or to managing people and situations.

Here’s a pdf file copy of the slides that accompany the session:

The modules below are organised as I might deliver them in a live workshop but can be viewed in any order if some elements seem more relevant to you.

Managing Pressure Positively

What do you control?


When we focus on things we have little or no control over, we increase our sense of stress or frustration. It helps to understand we have more choices than we often realise.

Managing Pressure in turbulent times


These are not “ordinary times”, nor working at home as normal. We might be experiencing very different emotions or levels of energy and motivation. This is a normal reaction to exceptional circumstances.

Understanding Stress and Pressure


Stress and pressure are different. Pressure might even be positive sometimes. It is often about a balance between demands and resources.

The consequences of stress


There are many studies detailing possible consequences of long term exposure to stress. It is really helpful if we recognise what stress does to us so we can use these signs as an early warning signal to take a break.

Understanding and meeting your needs


Meeting your needs moves you to being OK… If your needs are not met, you might be grumpy, short-tempered, tired, sad. You’re more likely to use treats to try to feel better… but that’s not the solution!

Simple strategies to reduce stress


Just because they are simple, doesn’t mean they don’t work – they do! Will you try them for a week?

Box breathing


One simple breathing technique you can use anywhere.

Reframing – A different perspective


There’s always another way of looking at things.

Mindful awareness


You might choose to try a five minute daily meditation or maybe a minute of mindfulness while you wait for the kettle to boil. It will make you feel better!

Mind-Body link


What you believe about stress is important


Thank you for watching. I do hope you found the content helpful. If you’d like more personalised support in applying some of the lessons learned, or to learn different approaches to managing your pressure, please do reach out and ask…

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