How to manage stress

Published on June 9, 2020 9:46 am

Why do this?

Training your employees in how to manage the effects of pressure and stress is a certain way of improving their performance and their lives.

  1. Teaching people how to manage stress is always appreciated by employees, it makes them feel valued and more motivated.
  2. These soft skills deliver hard business results. From improving performance to customer service and profitable growth.
  3. This will reduce your costs and add value to your business.

The most forward thinking companies take this seriously and find ways to support and enable their people.

Some pressure enables performance and too much kills it.

  • The ability to handle pressure is not the same for everyone.
  • The brain pays more attention to threats.
  • Whether a situation is good or bad depends on what your needs are – the brain is not so good at suppressing bad news.
  • Learning to change how your mind interprets situations will improve your life.

Levels of stress


It is easy for us to compare ourselves to others. Stress is very much an individual experience. Perceived threats, opportunities and challenges create healthy and unhealthy levels of stress, especially if we are driven multi-taskers.

The human mind and survival instinct is very powerful, especially if it is driving us to achieve.

You will see that there is some overlap between each level. This is because you can move quickly to the next phase without being aware of it. It is likely that those close to you will know the level you are at. You could ask them. However, be prepared for an answer that may not be right or what you want to hear.

Sustained levels of stress at the unhealthy phase may become addictive and then dangerous unless you do something about it. You might not see this in yourself, it is easier to recognize in others.

The reality is that if you are driven by fear and conscientious, pushing yourself will cost you.

Unless you take-action you will find your mind and body will begin to decline and if this is left unchecked you will stop being effective or worse stop altogether.

We are all capable of denying the effects of stress. Stress management is a critical skill that leaders and teams need to consider in order to optimize sustainable performance.

We are very good at self-deception

Ego can drive us to survival mode behaviour, making us:

  1. Reactive, aggressive, forceful
  2. Blind to the needs of others
  3. More stressed, through being stuck in a cycle

Constant stress breaks people and organisations

  1. Natural biases can lead some to put results before people.
  2. When ego drives us it’s worth remembering that the ability to think switches off.
  3. People will often do more for others than they will do for themselves if this is connected with a purpose they believe in.

Strong relationships are the foundations for high performing teams not results

Four powerful questions

Stopping and asking these 4 questions can help to develop a stable platform to operate from.

Without a stable platform all we can do is react.

PSL specialise in stress management training in the workplace. We also work in schools and not-for-profits as well.