Stress Coaching

Have you been feeling stressed for a long time, and are tired of it? Then you are in the right place. Stress Coaching is one of the best available tools for managing and preventing stress. Stress coaching works in-depth with your stress. Stress Coaching includes advice, along with concrete exercises to help you de-stress,  effective tools to identify your stressors and deal with your stress, and techniques to prevent stress.

What is Stress?

Everyone can get stressed. Every day approximately 430,000 Danes have symptoms of severe stress and 35,000 Danes are on sick leave with stress.

Stress is a completely natural reaction to perceived "challenges" or even "dangers" in life. It happens when we feel threatened - by a lion or in today's modern society - when internal or external demands exceed our own resources. Stress happens unconsciously and helps us to either fight or escape. It is the classic "flight or fight" reaction.

 

It is a biological mechanism that triggers stress hormones to encourage quick action. Adrenalin and Cortisol surge in our body. Fat and sugar content in the blood increase,  breathing intensifies, pulse and blood pressure rise​, the ​immune system is strengthened and our mind "switch to autopilot" reducing access to the intellect and reason, in favor of immediate instinctual responses. 

In the short run, stress is positive in helping us perform effectively in all sorts of daily situations. Unfortunately, prolonged stress can have serious consequences for our health. When we do not have the opportunity to properly recover, our body and mind become overloaded,  and stress symptoms appear: 

 

Cognitive stress symptoms:

  • Racing thoughts

  • Forgetfulness and disorganization

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Difficulties to make decisions

  • Reduced performance

  • Constant worrying

  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Physical stress symptoms:​

  • Tiredness/exhaustion

  • Lower energy

  • Headaches or migraine

  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

  • Inner turmoil

  • Insomnia

  • Weak immune system

  • Tense muscles 

  • Loss of sexual desire and/or impotence

  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet

  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

  • Reduced fertility

  • Exacerbation of chronic disease

Behavioral stress symptoms:​

  • Changes in appetite - not eating or eating too much

  • Irritability/aggressiveness

  • Higher sensitivity (easier to tears)

  • Withdraw into oneself

  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities

  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes

  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

Warning signals only get worse, and the consequences more serious and long-lasting if ignored. Persistent, prolonged stress is a risk factor for developing health-threatening problems such as:

  • Depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke

  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss

  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon

In many respects, stress is completely normal and inevitable in modern lives. Everyone is subject to stress at various point in time - triggered both in our professional or personal lives.

However,  longer term feelings of stress - such as the feeling of being overwhelmed and under significant pressure for prolonged periods of time can lead to long-lasting consequences. A stress coach can offer you personalized support to control stress-triggers in your life and better manage how you react to stress.

Hvad er stress?

Take a free stress test 

You can test your stress by taking a free stress test. The test only takes 5 minutes and gives you a good idea of ​​how stressed you are. It is free and anonymous, and it contributes to create more knowledge about stress in Denmark. Unfortunately, the test is only available in Danish for the moment.

Stress Coaching

What is Stress Coaching?

Stress is recognized as one of the most effective methods available to reduce and manage stress. Coaching has been specifically developed to reduce and manage stress at all stages. It is a holistic approach and methodology divided into 3 phases:

  1. The first phase focuses on relieving stress. You will get good advice to help you find peace and balance again. The purpose of this phase is to get your nervous system to relax and your stress hormones to drop so you no longer feel stressed.

  2. The second phase is about identifying and learning to deal with your stress triggers. I will help you spot your stressors and deal with them.

  3. The third phase is about preventing stress from coming back in the future. In this final phase,  I will give you exercises and tools for you to establish a stress free life. I will also use life coaching to help you replace stressful habits with new positive ones. ​

 

According to the COPESTRESS research project, dedicated stress coaching that follows Forebyg Stress concept is far more effective than basis psychology to alleviate, manage and prevent stress as it developed to address stress.

Stress Coaching is a sequence of 5 to 10 sessions where the focus is first on reducing stress, then preventing the return of stress and (when relevant) on getting back to work again, in a timely manner. Stress coaching involves a mixture of stress coaching and life coaching and is based on practical exercises intended to help alleviate stress and better handle professional or private situations that create stress.

 

Successful stress coaching requires that:

  • You get a handle on your feelings of stress as quickly as possible

  • We hold a regular session every week for the first month, and every second week thereafter

  • You are committed, meaning you complete the assigned exercises for each session

  • You are ready to work both on reducing your stress along with your own routines and beliefs that may contribute to it, in one way or another

 

You are welcome to book a free intro session to hear more about what stress coaching can do for you.

Stress Development

 

Our body tells us that we are stressed by sending us warning signals. This is what we call stress symptoms. Stress symptoms are very important, especially if they do not fade-out and have been recurrent for a long time. They tell us that we are overwhelmed and some adjustments are needed in our lives so we can feel better. The symptoms only get worse, and the consequences more severe and long lasting if ignored.

 Here you can see an example of how stress symptoms can develop to become severe.

Regular

stress symptoms

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  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Temporary shaking or tics

  • Sweating

  • Dryness in the mouth and difficulty swallowing

  • “Butterflies in the stomach” 

  • Stomach knot

  • Tense muscles

Moderate

stress symptoms

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  • Tiredness

  • Insomnia

  • Racing thoughts 

  • Inner resistance/ reluctance

  • Irritability

  • Higher sensitivity (easier to tears)

  • Withdraw into oneself

Severe

stress symptoms

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  • Low energy

  • Forgetfulness

  • Weak immune system

  • Eczema 

  • Unexplained pain (headaches, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea)

  • Greater use of alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes

  • Aggressiveness

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Burnout

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  • Nervous break down

  • Nausea / fainting

  • Memory failure

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Other mental and physical disorders