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Stress Management Resources

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In Equilibrium Stress Management Resources

Find stress management tips on our web-site here http://www.in-equilibrium.co.uk/tag/stress-tip/

General Stress Management Resources

You will find below our comprehensive list of stress management resources divided into sections.  We have included a brief introduction to each which we hope will assist you to select the articles of relevance or interest to your individual requirements.  Shares and links to this page are much appreciated!

Building the Business Case for Managing Stress

Building the business case for managing stress in the workplace
A useful guide looking at Stress in the workplace, what it is and why it matters to business.

General Stress Management Guides

Coping With Stress
A 38 page guide which you can download for free from the British Heart Foundation’s website to help you understand the causes of stress with information and tips to reduce stress in your everyday life.

How To Deal With Stress : 33 Tips That Work
The author of The Positivity Blog, Henrik Edberg, shares 33 tips which he believes have helped him live a less stressful life.

How To Manage Stress
The charity, Mind have various resources on their website including a download with stress advice and tips.

Mental Health Foundation Podcasts
The Foundation offers many downloadable free podcasts on various topics regarding stress, wellbeing and mental health.

Practical Guide to Handling Stress
This short self-help guide from the Teacher Support Network covers how stress can arise, its symptoms and some practical tips on how it can be managed.  The advice given is general and not specifically for those working in education.

Steps for Stress
The Scottish Government has produced “A Simple Guide to Stressing Less and Enjoying Life More”.  The full booklet can be read here.

Stress
An overview of stress, its treatment, symptoms and how it can be managed on the Counselling Directory website.

Stress Advice
Links to the articles offering advice about stress on the about.com website.

Stress – And How To Reduce It
A 6 minute podcast from the Anxiety and Depression Society of America with a useful discussion and suggestions of how to reduce stress symptoms.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression
The NHS Choices website offers ten stress busters from Professor Cary Cooper to help you address stress.

Stress Management
A general roundup on the topic of stress for students by the Wellness Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Stress Management for Patient and Physician
This paper lists 10 ways you can reduce stress which are both practical and beneficial and which can be implemented immediately, even into the busiest lifestyle.

Stress Management News
The stress management page on the Lifehacker site provides links to suggestions/solutions for many stressful situations.

Stress Management – Stress Basics
Short explanatory articles on the Mayo Clinic website which cover the basics of stress, some suggestions for stress relief and relaxation techniques.

Stress Management – Wikipedia
The stress management page on Wikipedia looks at the definition of stress, the types of stress, its historical foundations, models, some stress management techniques and stress in the workplace.

Stress – Self-help Guide
Moodjuice provide self-help guides on various topics, this edition helps you learn more about stress and covers some skills to help you cope with it.

Tips for Managing Your Own Stress
A handy booklet from In Equilibrium which gives some background information into what stress is, its signs, the effect it can have, together with a hints and tips section to help increase resilience.

35 Awesome Stress Management Resources
Only Healthy, an American healthy living and healthcare website, offers 35 resources from university, multimedia and general sources.

Stress Management at Work

Creating a Good Workplace Culture
A short download from Investors in People which offers some practical suggestions to help create a good workplace culture together with a printable checklist to help organisations achieve this aim.

International Stress Management Association (ISMA)
The information, downloads and resources page on the ISMA website offers free support materials to help reduce stress and enhance wellbeing and performance at work.

Line Management Behaviour and Stress at Work
A download from the CIPD who worked with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Investors in People (IIP) to develop practical help for HR and line managers to tackle the issue of stress at work.

Managing Stress at Work – Early Identification
A post on the In Equilibrium website suggests three sources of data which can be used to identify an individual or a team with a potential stress-related issue.

Nice Pathway – Promoting Mental Wellbeing at Work
The guidance, “focuses on interventions to promote mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions” and it has been produced for those with a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting mental wellbeing at work.

Stress Advice – Healthy Working Lives
A useful page on the Healthy Working Lives website which provides advice about the causes of stress in the workplace, how you can avoid or deal with its effects, an organisations’ legal obligations and duties, as well as some links to further information.

Stress at Work Whitepaper
A stress policy is an employer’s formal written statement of the action they are taking with regard to stress and mental health problems in the workplace.  In this In Equilibrium resource we look at the how, what, where and when of stress policy development and implementation.

Stress in the Workplace
An article from HelpGuide.org  highlighting some steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of job and workplace stress.

Stress – TUC
Links to many articles and resources concerning stress in the workplace.

Work Related Stress – Research and Statistics
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website includes information on stress statistics, the HSE management standards, summaries of evidence and research reports on work related stress.

10 Ideas To Help Teachers Beat Stress
Tips from educational experts on the Guardian website to help “tackle stress and help colleagues under pressure”.

Stress Questionnaires

Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale
A list of 43 stressful life events which can lead to illness, each is given a “life change unit” score for you to work out how life events over the past year may affect your health.

How Stressed Are You?
A short test on the BBC website which works out whether you are at low, medium or high stress risk following the answers you give to 8 multiple choice questions and provides some tips for how to reduce your stress levels.

Stress Management Competency Indicator Tool
The questionnaire on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website assesses your behaviour to help you find out how effective you are at preventing and reducing stress in your staff.

Stress – Psychology Today
The Psychology Today website provides links to articles, posts and a quiz on the topic of stress.

Stress Symptoms

How Stress Affects Your Health
A short explanatory article with some suggested strategies for reducing stress in the short and longer term.

Stress – NHS Direct Wales
A summary article covering the symptoms of stress, its causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention.

7 Ways Stress Does Your Mind And Body Good
Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal isn’t referring to chronic stress but explains why some short-term stress may actually affect our minds and bodies in a positive way and that, instead of fearing it, we should look to befriend it.

Stress Management News and Research

News And Research About Stress
A list of the articles on the Anxiety and Depression Society of America’s website relating to both stress and research into stress.

Stress and Resilience

Relationship between Stress and Resilience
First of a three part video resource from In Equilibrium to help reduce your stress and increase your resilience.  Links to parts two and three of the series – Setting Boundaries and Taking Responsibility – are included.

Individual Aspects of Stress Management:

Assertiveness

The DESC Model for assertiveness

Exercise & Physical Activity

Stress Relief – Exercise
NHS Choices website.  The impact of physical exercise on stress as well as other physical complaints.  If you need some statistics to help with motivation to move you might find them here.

Regular Physical Exercise
A blog article on our own website with some ideas about activities which can be built into the daily routine.

Flexible Working

CIPD Flexible Working Practices Factsheet
An overview of flexible working, including its benefits, the type of arrangements available, and practical tips to implement flexible working into an organisation.  You will need to log in or register to view the whole fact-sheet but it is free to do so and only takes a couple of minutes.

How can we make flexible working succeed at senior level?
This question from our own Ask the Expert series has been answered by Timewise who educate, train and help organisations to develop their flexible working and flexible hiring strategies in line with their wider business goals and then showcase these positive actions in their Hire Me My Way campaign.

The Balance – Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules
An American article summarising the advantages and disadvantages of flexible work schedules to both the employer and the employee.

The Work Foundation report – Working Anywhere, A Winning Formula for Good Work
A study looking into how people can gain the benefits of flexible working while safeguarding against any potential pitfalls.  The authors believe we are almost at a tipping point in mobile working and hope that by sharing their findings “we can enable a benefit-driven approach; a formula for good work while working from anywhere”.

Stop Smoking

Smoke Free – NHS
Find out how stopping smoking will change your life for the better.

American Cancer Society
Stay Away from Tobacco – Resources
Includes help for craving and difficult situations.

Mindfulness

We have many mindfulness links on our mindfulness resources page – please check them out using this link

Nutrition

Guide to Healthy Eating by the Food Standards Agency
Includes eight tips for eating well

Healthy Eating and Depression
How diet helps protect your mental health produced by the Mental Health Foundation.

Relaxation & Breathing

Calm Breathing
A very simple description of calm breathing has been created by Anxiety BC.  Another one that could be easily printed and carried around for easy reference.

First steps guide to Improving Relaxation
Describes the impact of stress and various different relaxation techniques including breathing, relaxing muscles, body scans and mindfulness.

Pain Management – a guided meditation
A free, 20 minute guided meditation to help you relax if you are in pain.

Quick Relaxation Techniques
The Black Dog Institute in Australia appreciate that we are all individuals and their Quick Relaxation Techniques Fact sheet takes account of this by offering 6 different approaches to try.

Relaxation Exercises
This takes you directly to a document about relaxation which is easy to print.  Includes meditation on the breath, sitting relaxation, guided imagery (includes a sea shore scene description) and rapid relaxation exercises.

Relaxation Techniques
Including yoga and tai chi

Relaxation techniques for stress relief
From help guide.org, who provide a non-profit guide to mental health and wellbeing.  This article includes the relaxation response and describes it as “bringing your nervous system back in to balance”, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, body scan meditation, mindfulness and visualisation, yoga, tai chi and self massage.  This article includes resources and references.

You really need to relax – Effective methods
Comprehensive document with details on how to relax including what symptoms relaxation can help with.

Sleeping

Falling Asleep – a guided meditation
A free, 20 minute guided meditation to help you get to sleep

How to Create a Sleep Diary
A brief guide to why you might want to keep a sleep diary, what you might include in it and how long you may want to complete it for. A template is attached to help get you started.

In Equilibrium Sleep Guide
Our own help guide to sleeping better which includes a brief list of tips as well as web links to further resources.

Sleep Wake Cycle: It’s physiology and impact on health
Produced by the American National Sleep Foundation, this document discusses why sleep is important including the impact of sleep loss, circadian rhythms and the stages of sleep.  It also has sections on the effect of sleep on cognitive performance and mood, hormones, metabolism and the immune system.

5 Things that stop a good night’s sleep
Article in the BBC science section

7 Practical Steps to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
This document includes a questionnaire to help readers discover the reasons why they may be having difficulty sleeping.

Thinking Habits

Challenging Negative Thinking Habits
A brief blog article (of our own) which discusses the concept that each thought we have affects how we feel, each feeling we have affects how we behave, and that awareness of these thoughts is key.

Unhelpful Thinking Habits
A brief list on the University of South Florida website to help students.  Describes negative thinking habits with some helpful questions to ask and reflect upon to aid in transforming the unhelpful thinking habits to more realistic thoughts.

Unhelpful Thinking Styles
A more in depth (13 page) module on unhelpful thinking styles from the Centre of Clinical Interventions in Australia.

Water

Hydration Best Practice Toolkit for Hospitals and Healthcare
Written for health professionals this pdf contains various articles on the importance of water and suggestions and ideas about how to make sure you are getting enough.

Work-Life Balance

Top Tips for Encouraging a Good Work Life Balance
Investors in People provide some practical suggestions along with a printable checklist to encourage a good work life balance.

Working Environment

Stress in the Office Environment
From OFAI, a guide to managing stress in the office with some useful tips and resources

Additional Resources Pages

Please Note: The information in this website is for general guidance  and is not legal advice. Please be aware that some of the articles mentioned on the resources pages originate from countries with different legal requirements from those in the UK.

Equilibrium Associates Limited (In Equilibrium) will not accept liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising as a consequence of any use of or the inability to use any information on this website. We are not responsible for claims brought by third parties arising from your use of in-equilibrium.co.uk

Stress Management Training Courses

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We offer a wide variety of full and half-day courses, such as Stress Management Training for Managers; Stress Management Techniques; Mindfulness; and Practical Approaches to Handling Pressure.

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