The future of stress management is to empower individuals to monitor their stress responses using technology. In order to build positive resilience and effective strategies to deal with pressure within the context of our lives we have to understand the impact stress is having. This interesting 3-minute coverage by the BBC summarises the Bath Spa University’s stamp out stress campaign
Why should you listen to this?
Children of primary school age right through to University graduates experience stress. It is not surprising that the World Health organisation predict depression will be the biggest cause of disability by 2020. Even if you are not a parent, with 1 in 4 people suffering from stress at some point in their lives either you or someone close to you is likely to be effected.
At The Resilience Formula we have been using the emwave Technology (as demonstrated by the BBC) for over 3 years as part of our suite of training and coaching solutions.
It is fascinating to learn that you can lower your stress simply by taking deep breaths. It may be common sense but is not always common practice and can to easily forgotten in a busy schedule.
What can be very dangerous about our busy lives is these stress responses are happening and we do not even know!
We would like to see more people start to use technology to their advantage in the fight against stress. And as summarised nicely by a girl named Chelsea in our recent Youth Resilience Workshop hosted by Cameron McKenna when asked if they could see themselves using the technology her response was “******* **** yeah I don’t want to die from stress!”
We cannot afford to ignore this for much longer. Stress is inevitable. It is the effective and systematic management of stress that will set apart those people and organisations who can succeed in life to those who may not.
It is my number one belief that by harnessing your control over stress we can keep our ourselves, the people we care for, our teams and workforces in a place of resilient performance and wellbeing rather than stand helplessly by as they crash exhausted and burned out!
We are at a point where we can view stress management from a place of transformational opportunity rather than reactive problem solving. The only way to do this is to work with the impact of stress in real time – i.e. when its happening, or before it happens, not just after the event, and that takes a willingness and readiness to start breathing!