Being stressed is something that we experience in our day to day life. For some it’s a recurring problem and can affect their health and well-being. Stress can affect people in different ways and the cause of stress can widely vary. Change in job, going to a new place, arguments with friends and families, etc can cause stress. A circumstance can be stressful for one but not for others. It all depends on the individual and his/her coping mechanism.
Symptoms of stress
- Difficulty sleeping
- Change in appetite
- Feeling anxious
- Sense of overwhelm
- Shallow breathing
- Snapping at people
- Feeling dizzy
- Muscle tension
There are a lot of ways to deal with stress. It can include changing lifestyle, using self-help techniques, seeking help from mental health professional, life coaching etc.
How can coaching help with stress?
The aim of the coach is to offer clarity about the circumstance in order to help the individual to understand it properly. This helps the individual to understand the root cause of the situation. Coach engages the individual in a series of conversation to make him/her understand the situation properly. Coach helps in gaining insights or reflection that the individual might not have considered earlier.
Stress coaching helps the individual to come up with strategies and techniques to reduce the stress and to cope in an effective manner whenever any stressful situation arises. There are a lot of stress relaxation techniques, journaling techniques, meditation, etc which help the individual during stressful conditions.
Understanding the root cause may lead to a change in habits of the individual which ultimately help in dealing with stress in an effective manner. Coach will help the individual to adopt the new habits in an effective manner. For example, setting some boundaries, saying “no” to some things, etc will help the individual to cope better.
During coaching, individual can set goals for himself/herself and can decide on the areas to focus upon during each session. Each session will help in uncovering the root cause of the situation and help the individual to feel better and manage it in an effective manner.
After all the sessions are done, individual should create an action plan for oneself regarding the way he/she will move forward and deal in a stressful condition.
Some self-help tips to deal with stress
- Ask for help whenever required, delegate the tasks. This will help in lifting off the pressure. It can be done at work or in personal life.
- Use relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises, meditation, etc.
- Avoid too much caffeine or sugar as this lead to physical symptoms which are similar to anxiety-like feeling dizzy, heart palpitations and may lead to stress.
- Be active as physical activity helps to reduce stress and improve the overall well-being of the individual.
- Build a support network and turn up to them when you need them. Talking to other people helps in relieving stress and help to cope better.
Stress coaching and self-help techniques help the individual to understand the situation better and come up with strategies to cope in an effective manner.