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How to deal with Stress at Work5 min read


Siobhan from the Nottingham Massage Company!

To help our networking group members really showcase their expertise, we made the decision to allow them to provide voluntary talks on a topic of their choice at our monthly networking events.

At last night’s (24th September) Build networking event, Siobhan was the first of our Build networking group members to do so with a talk showcasing her expertise in massage therapy and its benefits.

In recent years we’ve been presented with stark statistics highlighting the ever-increasing levels of stress at an alarming rate and it has become apparent, that stress has begun to play a prevalent role in our everyday lives. Many of these statistics point to our work being a major cause of this stress.

“In 2017/18 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health.”

With this in mind, Siobhan delivered a really interesting and thought-provoking talk on how to deal with stress in the workplace.

The talk highlighted the importance of recognising that stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, provided it’s managed properly.

Drawing on her experiences as a massage therapist, she provided the example of an athlete and how they would harness stress within their training regime, to build on their strength and stamina. There are two key elements that an athlete will not forgo to ensure the success of their training:

  1. The understanding of their body’s limits and only pushing themselves just enough to promote growth.
  2. An adequate recovery period following a training session. This is to enable so their body to heal so that it is ready to take on the next training session.

Siobhan concluded by saying that like an athlete, we can manage our stress properly by, understanding our limits and not pushing ourselves beyond what we are able to cope with and by ensuring that, following exposure to stress, we get the rest we need so that we may recover and consolidate our experiences. This allows us to learn and grow as individuals, enabling us to build our tolerance for stress in the future.

Last night’s event concluded with all of our attendees exploring this topic further and contributing as a group, to help each other discover practical solutions to the issues we faced in our own businesses that were causing us stress. Believe me, there wasn’t a single person that left that without feeling that their shoulders felt a little lighter.

Related Resources

Kelly McGonigal – How to make stress you friend.

This TED talk by Kelly McGonigal was recommended by Siobhan for more information on the importance of changing the way we view stress. It’s really inspiring and worth the watch!

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Kelly McGonigal

Complete Relaxation Lite

Siobhan also recommended the Complete Relaxation Lite meditation app to help reduce stress. Complete Relaxation Lite is available on the Apple App Store for FREE.

Beautifully read by Ross Puddle, this, our free and introductory meditation is of similar length to the full version. But without the additional meditation and extra features of its premium brother. That said, even as a lite version, it easily holds its own in the market and gives you an awesome introduction to our powerful meditation techniques!

Complete Relaxation: Lite 
Complete Relaxation: Lite 

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique was suggested by another attendee of last night’s networking event, as a method of ensuring productivity when trying to manage your workload. This is an excellent way of ensuring that those ever-expanding to-do lists are kept at bay and therefore, the feelings of being overwhelmed are too!

About Siobhan Somers

Siobhan Somers is the founder of The Nottingham Massage Co. 

The Nottingham Massage Co. was born out of Siobhan’s love for both remedial and holistic massage, and her drive to give clients the time and space to be treated as an individual with as much of a focus on consultation and aftercare as the treatment itself.

For years Siobhan has had to cope with depression and anxiety, constantly having to manage her stress levels, while juggling everything that life has thrown at her. 

After finding ways to manage and cope with her stress and anxiety levels, Siobhan has a wealth of personal experience to draw upon, that she uses every day to go above and beyond in helping each and every one of her clients.