Tag Archives: Stress

How to effectively unwind after work

Unwind after work

Unwind after work

In my other articles I talked about stress as a trigger of mental health problems and how to prevent mental health problems on an organisational level. In this article I want to show you what you can do to prevent and manage stress at work, and also how to unwind effectively after work.

All of us experience stress in our lives, most even on a daily basis. A lot of factors can trigger stress such as a high workload, an angry boss or spouse, or an uncooperative client. The list is almost endless. It’s important to notice that stress does not make sick in general. It always depends on how you handle it. 

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Stress at work as a trigger for mental health problems

Stress at Work

Stress at Work

A wide range of causes can be responsible for mental health problems, e.g., death of a loved one, trauma, violence, genetic factors or unemployment. The list of causes is almost endless.

Today, I want to focus on a factor that may be the most prominent of all: Stress.

It is during the darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  – Aristotle Onassis

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Tips for a happy and stress free holiday

Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

At this time of the year most people are leaving for holiday and spending time with the family, but often people start feeling stressed during the holidays. However, while you are supposed to be relaxing and recovering from all the exertions at work during the last twelve months, you can’t seem to enjoy the holiday as much as you would like to and need to.

It is essential that you get the most our of your holiday, that you have a happy stress free holiday, so that you are ready for the next year that lies ahead. There are ways that you can overcome stress and have a happy stress free holiday – these four simple tips will help you to relax and enjoy the holiday.

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Lessons from Rugby #RWC2015 – Lesson 8

Lesson 8

Lesson 8

The 2015 Rugby World Cup has given us so many opportunities to learn and apply lessons from the rugby field to the boardroom and workshop. In rugby, much has been said about the friendships between rugby players from different teams when they are off the field.

Players like Schalk Burger often tell tales of joining the opposition team for beers in their change room after a particularly brutal encounter on the rugby field. South African coach Heyneke Meyer even received a text message of encouragement from their biggest rival for the ultimate prize after defeat to Japan in their first game. This week’s lesson: Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. 

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Lessons from Rugby #RWC2015 – Lesson 1

#RWC2015 Lesson 1

#RWC2015 Lesson 1

Sport provides us with many opportunities to analyse human behaviour and group dynamics. Often this happens under an intense amount of stress that is not easily replicated in other situations.

In sport the stressful situations last for 90 or 100 minutes before passing again. In business the stressful situations are most commonly felt over longer periods of time and may lead to chronic stress and even burnout. With this said we can learn many valuable lessons from sport that we can apply to our organisational environments to improve effectiveness.

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