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workshop on stress for the association of marketing directors of independent schools


  • 1. Workshop on Stress for members of AMDIS 24 November 2011 Julia StewardChrysalis Leadership Development Ltd
  • 2. If you can keep your head Aims of the workshop Share what we know about stress Consider how to avoid becoming stressed Consider how to deal with stress when we encounter it Make a resolution which will help in future
  • 3. Whitehall II : Stress and Health 1985
  • 4. StressThe good newsThe number of cases of stress at work fell slightly in2010/11 as compared to the previous year (notstatistically significant)However health, social work, education and publicadministration were the industries that reported thehighest incidence of stress Figures from the HSE
  • 5. A state of mind we experience when wefeel unable to meet the demands of themoment, often leading to a sense ofbeing out of control when we want tofeel in control
  • 6. Danger! Message from brain to adrenal glands: releaseBlood flow adrenalin!focuses onwhatsessential for Increased sugar, highersurvival heart rate, raised blood pressureaway from here + hypothalamusto here pituitary gland increased cortisol
  • 7. Task 1: What causes you stress Individually spend up to 5 minutes listing things that cause you stress Share with a colleague Similarities/differences
  • 8. situation others me
  • 9. Nothing isstressful to meunless I chooseto make it so
  • 10. Injunctionsought should 12
  • 11. TraitsGenerally, unconscious drivers of behaviour: be perfect: produce reliable accurate work; not okay to get things wrong be strong: calm under pressure; not okay show feelings hurry up: motivated by pressure/takes on a lot; keep busy try hard: energised by new things; may be more motivated by endeavour than success please people: put others first; may become overloaded for fear of letting others down
  • 12. Task 2: Traits and drivers of behaviour Individually spend a few minutes scanning the document; focus on positive attributes trait indicators Share with a colleague Go back to causes of stress; what are the connections? What can you change/influence to make a difference? What would you need to do/believe to achieve that? Share your resolution
  • 13. Im feeling stressed Notice! Breathe deeply Find an outlet for the adrenalin and cortisol Take time out Positive self talk What are you in control of? What do you need to let go of?Practise relaxation 15
  • 14. AttitudeThe longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude on lifeAttitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is moreimportant than the past, than education, than money, thancircumstances, than failures, than successes, than what otherpeople think or say or do. It is more important than appearance,giftedness or skillWe cannot change our past... We cannot change the inevitableThe only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, andthat is our attitude Charles Swindoll


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