Stress Management2018-07-13T13:33:05+00:00

Stress Management

What is stress and how can you manage it in your life?

Stress is our bodies’ natural reaction to the difficulties that surround us. It helps us face the unexpected and adapt to changes, it is therefore an unavoidable part of life itself. However, when we’re in a constant state of alert, our body burns out and several symptoms appear: fatigue and loss of energy, lowered concentration and memory abilities, muscle ache and headaches, disruption of sleep and eating patterns, loss of libido, anxiety, irritation, depression, digestive problems, skin reactions.

Although stress is inevitable, it is possible to manage it in order to prevent its harmful consequences, to be in better health, to have a better quality of life and to improve your performance and efficiency. There isn’t one universal solution to manage stress, but a range of adaptation strategies, called “coping strategies”. Enriched by my own experience and inspired by positive psychology, I created the Stress Management Programme for you: a personalised and structured guidance to help you implement the best coping strategies for you for a more tranquil day-to-day.

Stay Strong! I can help, let me show you how!

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 – 7:00

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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+49 6173 39 48 561

PRACTICE LOCATION

Schöne Aussicht 43

65760 Eschborn

WHAT TO EXPECT

The stress management guidance I offer allows you to understand your stress and to find and implement the right strategies for you: those that will allow you to better cope and to effectively deal with stressful situations, to be happier and to make the most of life. The Stress Management Programme includes a minimum of 10 face-to-face coaching sessions with me (either in my practice in Frankfurt or through Skype) and a follow up session that usually takes place 3 to 6 months after completing the programme. In order to take the most of the programme, I recommend a frequency of 2 to 4 individual sessions a month. 

WHAT YOU WILL GET IN THE PROGRAMME

  • One-on-one guidance, adapted to your needs

  • Work on both the psychological and physiological aspects of your stress

  • Relaxation, role plays and cognitive restructuring exercices

  • Educational material and reading recommendations

  • Exercises to carry out on daily bases

  • Specific advice on how to deal with your stressors

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YOUR PERSONALISED PROGRAMME

Coping strategies are very individual and depend both on the situation and on our personality. But effective coping strategies all evolve from the 3 stress management pillars: 

Handling our emotions

Learn to control your reactions to stress

Relax

Implement everyday relaxation techniques to face stressful situations more calmly

Managing our thoughts

Re-establish positive thinking

Overcome negative thought patterns

Restructure your ill-adapted thoughts and break away from the downward spiral of overthinking

Developping new behaviours

Opt for tangible solutions

Solve problems and overcome conflicts

Learn how to effectively deal with problems and how to be assertive

Only 5 Steps to follow

To better apprehend your stress, it is important to understand it. Which psychological and physiological mechanisms are involved? What is a stressor and which situations are stressful for you? Why does your heart race? Why do you find it hard to sleep? What is the connection between your thoughts, your emotions and stress?

A pedagogical approach allows you to comprehend the physiological, emotional and psychological aspects of stress. You will learn to identify the stressful situations in your life and to discern your bodily, emotional and psychological responses when faced with these situations.

The emotional response to stress is caused by the autonomous nervous system which triggers a multitude of physiological manifestations when facing stressful situations: an increase in heart rate, perspiration, vertigo, headaches, nausea, digestive problems etc. It is, however, possible to learn to control these reactions when faced with a stressor.

Through the means of different relaxation techniques, you will learn to manage stress at a physiological level. You will learn to control and then prevent strong emotional responses and the bodily manifestations that go with it.

A given situation only becomes a factor of stress through the meaning that we give to it. Our perception and our interpretations of events depend on our system of beliefs (what psychologists call “cognitive schemas”). We often have a tendency to think in an “unrealistic” way in reference to ourselves, others and our environment, which causes stress in our relationships and in daily life.

Through the means of cognitive restructuring, you will learn to identify your thought patterns, to overcome those that are ill-adapted and to develop a more adapted way of thinking.

A great number of stressful situations are caused by a difficulty to assert oneself when communicating. Assertiveness is a self-assured way of communicating to make sure your own opinions are respected without aggressively threatening the rights of another. Working towards self-assertiveness is thus essential for effective stress management.

By optimising your verbal and non-verbal communication, you will learn to interact with others more efficiently. You will develop assertive behaviours to contend with many stressful situations, such as saying no, asking for something, giving and accepting a compliment, criticising, communicating with others or speaking to an audience.

The build-up of stress on a daily basis often comes from an inability to face up to difficulties and to effectively solve problems.

The problem solving strategy is a structured approach which allows you to identify the origin of a problem and to create an action plan to solve it. Through the means of different tools, you will learn to define and rank your priorities, to be more organised and to manage your time more effectively.

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