Why a stress management program?
Health goes far beyond our physical body and the food we put in it. It starts with our thoughts and emotions. The mind is the most powerful resource a body has!
The mind and body are keystones to our overall health.
Every year, millions of people take a proactive approach to physical health. They may see a primary care physician for an annual physical or pursue health screenings for a variety of potential illnesses.
Intuitively, we should take the same proactive approach when it comes to our mental wellness. Yet, we tend to neglect the critical role it plays in our lives.
Tune into your mental health.
Mental wellness is an integral part of our overall health. We can take a reactive approach to support crisis moments, or we can proactively seek to identify the problems and work toward long-term solutions.
However, we must first understand the signs and symptoms and know when to call a professional.
The Stress Less program is one of our most popular programs. Participants enjoy the opportunity to target specific mental challenges that individuals and organisations face. The program is so impactful, it’s where we start when working with new organisations.
The Stress Less lab serves two purposes;
We build trust and rapport with people and help them identify when moments that initiate a stress response
We train participants with solutions and strategies to work through this stress response and ‘find themselves’
We get emotional buy in from individuals, that what we're doing is meaningful and it's going to help them, support their mental health, their mental wellness. The environment created is one built on trust and rapport.
Stress Less is based on the Te Whare Tapa Whā model, which looks at the four dimensions of wellbeing.
Having optimal physical health provides a good base from which we can respond to our normal everyday activities. When our physical health isn’t very good it can lead to increased worry, to losing our ‘zing’ for life or reducing the amount of ‘good’ emotions we are capable of. It affects our resilience and makes it harder to bounce back from the knocks of life. Staying fit and well allows our mental health to flourish.
You might like to try some of these:
go for a bike ride with family or friends
check out free exercise programmes at your local rec centre
walk around the block each night (briskly!) when you get home from work
take the time to cook yourself healthy meals that will nourish your body.
Taha tinana – physical health
Our wairua is one of the most important yet most overlooked cornerstones of health. Who we are, our sense of belonging and our ability to have faith in a higher power all contribute to a strong wairua. A strong wairua means knowing our own identity and being content with who we are and spending time reflecting, or doing things that make us happy.
Here are some ways you can increase or strengthen your wairua:
spend time within the realms of nature – going for a bushwalk, swimming in a river, walking on the beach
attend church or places you know nurture your soul
reconnect with family
give yourself permission to reflect and grow
learn what it is that keeps you peaceful and content.
Taha wairua – spiritual health
Our families and our communities provide a sense of belonging, and support and are the backbone to strong resilient individuals. Belonging to family and community allows us to learn, to grow and to experience the ups and downs of life without becoming unwell.
Many people are well supported and use their family to provide care and sustain them when things don’t go so well in life. Others use a strong community of friends to do this instead. No matter who is your ‘family’ or whanāu, staying connected is a good way of protecting yourself from stress and distress - even during the ‘down’ times.
Taha whānau – family health
Thoughts, feelings and emotions are integral components of the body and soul. Our mental health and emotional health are often what others notice first when things aren’t going so well. But it's important to do all we can to keep these working well, prior to stressful events occurring in our life. Being strong mentally equips us with the resilience we need to face life’s journeys. There are many ways in which we can protect our mental and emotional health as we go about each day.
Some ideas to get you started:
download a mindfulness app
find a counsellor you can trust and spend time working through issues you are struggling with
do something for someone else who needs support
volunteer your time to an organisation
remember to take holidays from work and get away from your everyday life
stay fit and healthy.
Taha hinengaro – mental health
Like with every coach-coachee relationship, we take the time and earn buy-in to coach each individual. The coach-coachee relationship is best described as a partnership, one in which both sides work together to reach an agreed-upon destination. Having your employees’ best interests at heart allows us to break through mental barriers and help to develop confidence, trust and even friendship.
We provide wrap-around services with the Stress Less program, with posters, stickers, gifts and incentives given along the way.
In 2018, we have added ongoing support.
When we run a big, impactful seminar, we want to create long-term behaviour change. To help achieve this, we are developing a video series delivered digitally through SMS. As SMS is the most engaging tool, people will quite often click on a link and watch a video - much more so than what they would if sent to an email. We're using this as an ongoing support tool, digital learning programs.