How to Help Stressed Out Clients
No single stress reduction technique automatically reduces stress for everyone. When dealing with a client who is challenged by stress, you must first empower the client to be aware of when stress is occurring.
People, like your client, are frequently unaware that the reason they are always tired or have body aches, is that they are experiencing the negative effects of stress. Find stress reduction techniques that work best for the client.
Usually, more than one approach is required, depending on the person and his or her type of response. Any technique that helps to create a sense of relaxation, provides personal time, and allows the client to gain control, can lead to improved wellness.
Stress Management Equals Stress Prevention
The best form of stress management is the prevention of negative effects before they become unmanageable. Well planned, prudent lifestyle decisions, based on a knowledge of healthy behaviors, and an understanding of your client’s needs and expectations, maybe the best approach for your client to manage their stress.
It is not your goal, or the goal of stress management techniques, to overcome every stressor that your client faces in their daily lives, but rather to find effective responses to their stressors, to manage the responses to them effectively. Time management, physical activity, massage therapy, visualization, and even meditation are all ways to help the client to reduce stress.
Because stress-related responses are based primarily on mental perceptions, coping strategies that seek desirable results may need to originate in a change in attitude or outlook. In specific situations where others are seen to be as disruptive to the process of behavior change, one solution is to avoid them.
Although there are no easy answers, there is always some type of answer or solution to fight stress. When dealing with a stressor that reaches a point where it seems that there are no solutions; the tension from the situation can be detrimental. It might then become necessary to consider changing attitudes, goals, and values.
Getting Help With Your Stress
Seeking the help of a professional stress management coach is frequently beneficial while attempting to resolve stressful situations. It is important to identify ways to recognize some of the positive and negative behaviors that can be used to deal with stress. The most practical way is to use an assessment screen.
Most clients can handle stress effectively when they work on the development of all their abilities to the fullest. When the client develops lifestyle behaviors compatible with personal values, they are developing realistic expectations for themselves. Working towards these goals is the best way to establish a wellness lifestyle for the client.
Successful coping includes being aware of incidents and situations that your client might perceive as being stressful. Recognition of stressors means being aware of how your client will respond to stress. This recognition requires continuous awareness of your client for evidence of excessive stress.
Coping with stress takes a lot of effort for the client. One suggestion is to focus on the signals your client’s body is sending them back to the event or situation that may have triggered those feelings.
Another method is to have your client write down a recent event that has been stressful for them. After visualizing the episode, instruct the client to write down six different ways that the outcome could have been different for them, three ways it may have been worse, and three ways it may have been better. The goal here is simply to create awareness.
The more tools we give our clients to handle stress, the more positive the coaching experience will be for both you and the client.
Stress Management Coaching
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