Are you suffering from workplace related stress?

Are you suffering from workplace related stress?

Does unwanted workplace related stress have a negative impact in your life?  If you are reading this then the likely answer is, yes, it does. This article is to help you to recognise what may be happening in your life.

Stress is defined by ISMA UK as, “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them.”

Whilst many companies are aware and vigilant to the signs of stress in their employees and even have procedures in place to help cope with and prevent stress – it has to be said that some companies do not.  A further problem is that many employees deliberately hide the signs of rising anxiety levels due to fears that their stress may be negatively interpreted as an inability to manage their workload. This includes hiding the truth from loved ones and friends.

You may already know someone suffering stress. The Health & Safety Executive’s 2016 Statistics conclude that work related stress accounts for 37% of work related ill health and 45% of days lost in the period of 2015/16.

Some of the main issues people report regarding workplace stress include: –

  • The perceived pressures linked to workload, deadlines and expectations
  • A belief in insufficient support from line management and colleagues
  • Fears of change, pending mergers and acquisitions and new leadership styles
  • Conflicts between personal beliefs and corporate culture demands

The physical symptoms of stress may vary from person to person (and are discussed in my earlier article); they can include – raised heart rate, palpitations, perspiration, feeling a rush of adrenaline, irritability with colleagues, poor sleep patterns and tiredness, stomach h upsets headaches and migraines.

When excessive pressure goes ignored or unnoticed over an extended period it can have a serious impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. For some it can lead to depression and more serious physical conditions.  Stress can also affect us psychologically and in our changing behaviours.  The behavioural aspects that increase pressure include lack of assertiveness,  procrastination and absolutism – perhaps these sound familiar?

The anxiety of constant worry about past or future events can lead to unwanted habits and addictions, sometimes in a misguided belief that they help us to cope, for example, the use of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate etc.  Some people engage (often unconsciously)  in habits such as nail biting, skin picking, mouth chewing, teeth grinding, hair pulling without realising the link to their anxiety levels.

In managing your workplace stress – A stress audit will help you to develop a plan to enable you  to recognise and identify problems and to make suitable behavioural changes to help you regain a sense of control in your daily routine.  It is also about how we believe we interface with ‘our world’  the ideal of course being in a satisfactory and productive way in which we are supported and can complete our tasks and achieve our goals… and find time for the importance of  work/life balance.  

Effective stress management increases our self belief in our ability to cope and to develop ‘resilience.’ In simple language, resilience can best be achieved and built on sound foundations, when we have recognised and moderated our emotional self demands to a new understanding in harmony with our values and a position of control.


Sara Howard has designed and delivered large scale training programmes in stress management and resilience to leading multinational companies.  She also works with private individuals as an executive and lifestyle coach and hypno-psychotherapist.

Sara is available to see private clients in Highgate London, Wheatley Oxford, Kings Langley Herts. and Aston Clinton Bucks.

Please call to discuss how she may help you with your stress management plan.  Tel – 07827 505389.


About Hypnotherapy for Beneficial Change

About Hypnotherapy for Beneficial Change

Perhaps you’re wondering whether hypnotherapy could bring beneficial change in your life. You may be considering whether to try hypnotherapy to help improve an aspect such as confidence and public speaking or maybe you want to gain control of unwanted stress or old habits like smoking or comfort eating. Are you wondering what to expect from the hypnotherapy experience?  Sometimes people have preconceived ideas such as, “will I fall asleep …will I remember anything … will I lose control”. Let’s demystify the process a little. The object here is both to discuss and to clarify a few points.

First, the object of hypnotherapy is to use suggestion as a means to assist the client towards their desired goal and to a beneficial outcome.  The client doesn’t lose control and is not placed out of their comfort zone or into a state of sleep.  Suggestion is often undertaken during the general course of conversation when a person is fully conscious, or during a more relaxed state of trance when our consciousness is resting and suggestion can be made to our unconscious.

In turning to why people seek hypnotherapy, it is fair to say that when people are presenting with pain or severe levels of anxiety and stress, they are actually more focused towards accepting suggestion; their desire is to reduce unwanted symptoms to enable them to enjoy freedom and gain control over their daily life. Many of my clients present with anxiety symptoms sometimes related to an unwanted habit like smoking or comfort eating. These clients will also learn stress management techniques such as progressive relaxation and mindfulness; such techniques enable them to experience a peaceful relaxed state in the knowledge that they can replicate this daily for themselves. Therefore, the hypnotherapy and coaching process is an enabling one.

Most people enjoy this pleasant natural state of trance relaxation. I find the best way to enable someone is to allow them to watch the process for themselves. I will always demonstrate the techniques – allowing my clients to watch and to feel personally enabled and in a position of choice and control.

Therefore, to recap now, hypnotherapy can be directed from therapist to client during general conversation – through forms of language pattern during an open dialogue exchange. It can also be effective through trance which we’ve just discussed, (facilitated through progressive relaxation and induction). From this calm and peaceful state of being, certain key words may be used like triggers to deepen the relaxation process;  I often use language patterns within a form of pleasant imagery (rather like a walk in a beautiful park or by the sea) with sights, sounds and feel along your journey. During this journey there are various integrated approaches which may be used to benefit the therapeutic process – all of which just seem to the client as part of one enjoyable calm and peaceful journey towards their goal of desired and beneficial change.

I hope you have found this information helpful and if you would like any further information please contact me at  If you would like to engage in hypnotherapy I can offer a free telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes.

Warm regards, Sara

Tel – 07827 505389 or 01296 634921

Consultations – Aston Clinton, Kings Langley and London

Unwanted habit addiction – Gambling

Sara has helped me enormously and successfully.  I wasn’t proud of my situation as it had harmed my life. She has helped me to stop my unwanted habit and to build up my motivation. I was very impressed because Sara worked at the right pace with me, knowing I was in a bad emotional place.  I  felt safe with her and appreciate  that she isn’t one of these therapists who wants us to publish our experiences .  Sara respects confidentiality which is extremely important to me.  Mr E.  Hertfordshire.

Blushing Anxiety

Every time I had an important meeting or presentation, I used to feel a hot flush coming rising up inside me and knew I had gone bright red and sweaty. It looked like I couldn’t cope to my boss. Sara was positive and in helping me to recall and recognise the event from my past that was still driving this symptom, I was able to let go and to move forward. The power of hypnosis and Sara’s motivation has helped me to gain real confidence and get promotion. Ms D. Bucks

Stop Nail Biting

I found the sessions very helpful. I had been biting my nails for 10 years and had tried to stop before with no luck. I am very pleased with the results and completely stopped biting my nails. Many thanks to Sara! Mr B, Herts

Phobia Anxiety

I was terrified of having my hospital MRI scans. I have enjoyed the meetings and feel more confident in coping with problems. The sessions were carried out in pleasant surroundings and in an enjoyable manner. I would certainly recommend Sara ” Mr D. Herts

Unwanted Habits

I visited Sara for 2 hypnotherapy sessions to address a lifelong skin picking habit. The treatment has been a complete success, and I was most impressed by Sara’s responsible, professional approach. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Miss A. London

Blushing & Public Speaking

I’ve found my sessions very effective, detailed and specific and I felt that every bit of time we had was used efficiently and that we got a lot done. I also liked Sara’s approach as she uses logic and is very grounded when talking about problems. Her treatments worked and I have not blushed since. Thank you sincerely for all your help, the work you did has been a great success and I am very grateful. I have recommended you to others. Miss R. Bucks.

Phobia Fear of Needles

Meeting Sara has been a life changing experience for me and I have a new found confidence.  I’d had a fear of needles since childhood, and discovered with Sara that it was connected to traumatic experiences I had forgotten. Previous hypnotherapy had failed. Sara had the patience and calm to help me to overcome past and present issues that were holding me back… . Ms R. Bucks

Anxiety – Fear of Flying

Sara, Many thanks for all your help. It definitely made a big difference . It was great to be able to travel to the airport and to get on the flight with no twisty stomach nerves. Thank you so much , it made a real difference to the holiday!  Ms H. Herts