We work with a range of clients from the corporate world through to elite sports teams, extreme adventurers and special forces. In so many cases, we see signs of stress in individuals. This stress is then confirmed by the specialist assessments that we carry out.
In most cases, it links to energy, or more accurately a lack of energy.
When people become tired, whether that is from working long hours, physically exerting themselves on a playing field or for instance climbing Everest, they will start to show signs of stress.
Depending on the level of stress, then the team or individual will potentially start to make bad decisions. For instance, there are almost exactly 50% more yellow cards issued in the second half of the English Premier League than in the first half over the last 10 years. Some of these yellow cards will be caused by stress and fatigue.
Stress is also bad for one's long term health if it remains a constant. High levels of cortisol are produced when stressed. See the diagram below what happens when you have an excess of it.
So learning to de-stress at the end of each day or week or competition, expedition or military operation is of vital importance.
We also have a lot of data points from assessing 'Resilience' in people. One of the factors that we are seeing is the lack of adaptability in people. My word of the moment is 'Adaptability'. Being able to change and try new things or your ability to work around problems is excellent. This ability to adapt will also help stop the build-up of stress when one strategy is not working successfully and you are becoming stressed.
In some cases when tested, we have seen clients thrive under increasing pressure and stress. We have seen their performances and judgement decision-making improve. In numerous cases this comes from their adaptability to the situation.
The ways to de-stress listed in this article are very sensible:
1. Identify the source of your stress
2. Get or stay fit - improves your energy, so you are better able to handle stress
3. Switch off from technology, phones and computers for periods of the day or time
4. Sleep well, eat healthily and focus your energy inwards on yourself
5. Have a hobby or distraction that takes your mind off the stress creator
6. Listen to music. You could also take a look at Brain.fm app
7. Learn some proper breathing exercises - look at the Wim Hof Method or the Heart Rate Coherence app
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If you are feeling stressed, we run an assessment and provide coaching to help you. High stress can impact your decision-making at home and work. Do not let it. Contact us if you are interested in learning more or are interested in us assessing your team.
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