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Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 28 April 2014

I’m Tom Meyers Stress coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

On the 15th of April The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launched the campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’

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As a stress coach and regular speaker in companies about ‘Understanding and Managing Stress’ I didn’t want to let this campaign pass by unnoticed and because I agree with the agencies statement that safety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you and It’s good for business.

Work-related stress is – after back and neck pain – the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe – and around half of workers consider work-stress it to be common in their workplace?

50 to 60% of all lost working days can be contributed to work related stress and those absences tend to be longer that those arising from other causes.

The most common causes of work-related stress are job reorganisation or job insecurity, working long hours or excessive workload and being bullied or harassed at work.

Other causes of work-related stress are:

conflicting demands,

ineffective communication,

lack of clarity over roles,

mismatch between job demands and competence,

lack of involvement in decision making,

lack of support, poor interpersonal relationships

and unhealthy work-life balance.

In the European agencies poll also determined that 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled well in their workplace.

Total cost to companies and the social security system … hundreds of billions… and that’s a lot of money.

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So how do you recognise that you’re suffering from work-related stress? Well lets look at the symptoms which can be divided in 4 categories:

Emotional changes including anxiety, fatigue and poor relationships with colleagues

Behavioural changes these can be poor timekeeping, carelessness, aggressiveness

Cognitive issues like difficulties in concentration or making decisions, reduced  creativity and productivity.

Physical signs are recurrent neck, back or shoulder pain, frequent colds or spells of flu, stomach or bowel problems and high blood pressure..

And if work-related stress isn’t managed properly it can eventually lead to burn-out and depression.

Although work-related stress is described as – not an individuals fault but an organisational issue – it needs to be tackled from both ends.

If you leave it all for your boss to sort out you might be in for a long wait. In Health Matters I address insights about health and wellbeing and share information what you can do to help yourself to stay healthy and happy.

Unlike what you might expect but happiness and health do not just happen… they are learned skills.

For more information about the Healthy Workplace Manages Stress campaign go to healthy-workplaces.eu

I’m Tom Meyers health coach and contributor of though to a healthier way of living.

If you like to know more about my consultation work and stress management presentations then visit the website tommeyers.be

Health Awareness Week

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 31 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

On the 7th of April The World Health Organisation celebrates it’s World Health Day.
This year the WHO will blow out 66 candles and although it has done some great work over the years it faces big new challenges.

Challenges like work related stress that is effecting 1 in 4 employees and is associated with the increase in conditions like back pain, anxiety, depression and burnout.

But what is health? Obvious as it may seem but have you ever asked yourself this question?

On radio x we’re going to do just that. Next week from the 7th till the 11th of April Radio X is organising the Health Awareness Week.

Health Awareness Week Radio X

A week where various therapists will be interviewed or come to the studio to talk about health.

However health is about all of us so we’re hoping to hear from you too. Want to contribute to the Health Awareness Week then keep tuning in to Radio X and also interact with us on our Facebook page and maybe you’ll win one of the various consultations at Osteo & Co in Woluwe, Brussels.

To get you in the mood for the Health Awareness Week lets see how health currently is defined by the World Health organisation.

According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Infirmity meaning physical or mental weakness.

This definition was adopted at the birth of the organisation in 1948 and hasn’t been amended since.

However what I wonder about is – is health a state? A state meaning a particular condition that someone is in at a specific time?

I rather see health as a dynamic process that adapts itself constantly. You are not the same in the morning then in the afternoon or evening. When you’re facing mental or physical challenges health must be balanced in a different way then when you’re lying on the beach.

Health what is it? What does it need? Is the idea you have of what health is, in alignment with what your biology dictates what health is?

All questions that we need to reflect on and that will be addressed in the Health Awareness Week here on Radio X and no I don’t presume that will find the ultimate answers but I sincerely hope it will contribute to reflection and hopefully some aha moments.

We on Radio X will start the dialogue but hope you will carry it on to your family, friends and colleagues as Health Matters today.

I’m Tom Meyers Stress Coach for Body & Mind have a great week and hope to hear from you during the Health Awareness Week.

For more information on my work or if you have a question go to www.tommeyers.be

Feeling guilty to take a break?

Transcript of the Feature Health Matters on Radio X  from 28 October 2013

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters here on Radio X. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

Have you been practicing the recommended Reaset breathing exercise? …This is the question I ask clients and one client perplexed me with her answer.

It wasn’t because she said NO.

For a simple breathing exercise it takes some people rather a long time before they put it into their daily routine and usually must hit the bottom a few times before they get it that they have no choice.

Thus the NO didn’t come as a surprise but when we started to talk about why not lay visible the state of our society and that dear listener shocked me.

So imagine this conversation.

  • T: Did you practice your breathing exercise?
  • C: No, I haven’t had the time.
  • T: No time?
  • C: At work its from the moment I enter to when I leave full on. I don’t even have time to have lunch. Some days and if I have lunch it’s in front of my computer.
  • T: Do you have colleagues that smoke?
  • C: Yes
  • T: Do they smoke at their desk?
  • C: No that’s not allowed.
  • T: Do they go outside to take a break?
  • C: Yes
  • T: So your colleague smokers do go out to smoke several times a day? They have time for that?
  • C: Yes, it seems.
  • T: Why don’t you go outside with them to take some fresh air?
  • C: Oh no I can’t do that. What would they think? They think I’m lazy just going out for a break.
  • T: So going out for a smoke which is known to be bad for your health is ok – I believe it is even a right – and for you to go out to breathe fresh air which is good for your health, increases creativity and productivity that is not accepted. You feel that others will judge you as lazy and you yourself agree through your feeling of guilt that taking a break now and then in other words that health promoting behaviour is not acceptable?

A long pause followed by both of us.

Do you recognise it?

This is the state of the society we live in. This person can be you?

I’ve told this story many times and every time it is recognised as being so. You feel guilty to take a break to do nothing. You feel guilty to allow your body to reaset itself and accept it as self-evident as a right to practice unhealthy behaviour.

How has it come this far? How come that we’re living in a world where we strayed away from our most essential needs and from our nature? When did we stray from health? From focussing on health and health behaviour?

Ask yourself? and when you suffer from stress then I ask you also to reflect upon your values? What do you consider important? Listen to your heart for a change and why not start a dialogue with your partner or colleagues. Lets start a movement of change. This doesn’t mean change things radically. A little change of here and there goes a long way. Like a Time-Out 3 times a day for 3 minutes of conscious breathing with positive feeling it can make an enormous difference in your health and wellbeing.

I’m Tom Meyers stress coach and here to help you to help yourself.

If you like to contribute, leave feedback or listen to a previous episode then visit the website radiox.eu where you’ll find a link to Health Matters or visit my website tommeyers.be

Next week I’ll talk about insomnia but don’t let that keep you awake 😉

Rewiring the Brain

ImageThe automation of new health promoting behavior so you can THRIVE

“True development is about transforming the operating system itself, not just increasing your fund of knowledge or your behavioral repertoire.”
R. Kegan & L. Lahey – Psychologists Harvard

  • I’ve been practicing but not really enough.
  • I like to practice more but somehow I don’t seem to get around to it.
  • The first week I did it every day and then somehow I forgot.
  • I had such a busy week I just didn’t have time…

Do you recognize this behavior, these excuses? The most difficult part for most people whom I ask if they have been practicing their breathing exercises is that they start with determination but loose it after a few days or a week.

Even if it is the easiest thing in the world to do, to spent 9 minutes breathing consciously, it’s a challenge for most. 9 minutes is nothing in 24h, we probably stand on a daily basis longer in front of red traffic lights. Still those 3 x 3 minutes after a week are already long dismissed, forgotten,… and with it, the effort already invested wasted.

Is there a way to have more self-control?  YES!

The first factor for increased self-control is to realize that discipline and determination are rarely sufficient to make enduring change in contrast with what you might think. Just relying on discipline and determination can actually have the opposite effect to what you want as outcome. Just like a muscle that gets tired and stops functioning when put under continuous strain, self-control depletes progressively and falters when you don’t back it up with the needed energy to sustain it.

Second factor is that you are a creature of habit. 95% of your behavior occurs unconsciously and is processed in the primitive parts of your brain (reptilian brain). These processes are learned or are part of your evolutionary heritage. For example, to move towards pleasure and away from pain is one of those primal drives you’ve inherited from your more primitive ancestors. This biological heritage hasn’t really changed over the last 150,000 years. Look at it this way, your biology reacts to today’s life events which involves technological advancement just as it did in the time when humans were living as nomads and when were chased by a lion. So while our software has been evolving in step with the evolution of our culture, the operating system hasn’t nor has the (body) vehicle for that matter. That sets you up with behavioral responses that were once useful but which are now a nuisance.

“We have to be mistrustful of our brains”
David Kessler – FDA Commissioner.

Third factor is that your primitive instinct seeks immediate gratification which makes you impatient when it comes to long-term goals or with activities that only bring minute changes at a time. For example, changing the operating system, which means rewiring the brain can be a very slow process but so is training to be able to run a marathon. I’m sure like me you can visualize running a marathon – and even win it – in an instant in your minds eye but that doesn’t mean your body is up to it in the same amount of time you needed to envisage it.

The next important insight to know is that your cognitive brain situated in the prefrontal cortex is most of the time – especially when stressed – subservient to your primitive reptilian brain and as seen in factor 2 most of our behavior is directed by the latter. You run – so to speak – on old automatic behavioral patterns.

I hope you start to see that you are faced with rather a few challenges when it comes to self-control. However now that you are conscious of the challenges you can start by putting together an efficient and effective plan of action to update the operating system, by rewiring your brain.

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Positive conditioning or in other words the automation of new health promoting behavior

Knowledge is power: Understand why you do the exercise and why it helps you
– Set a long-term goal and divide it into intermediate goals
– Create a training schedule or ritual: Describe and plan precisely when you are going to practice and for how long and set that time aside  and commit to it. You can use smart phone apps to help you with this.
Plan ahead. When you know stress full events are coming up like a meeting with the boss take time to exercise before and after
Expect resistance: What do you think will undermine your commitment? Why, why, why…
Involve others: Talk to a friend, partner, colleague have them join you or at least encourage you every day.
Enjoy the process and be inventive

Remember this…

Think back of that first day behind the steering wheel learning to drive or that first note you played on that flute, guitar or piano. Was that easy or a struggle to think about all the different handling’s you had to do simultaneously. However over time and with lots of practice and repetition it became second nature. Isn’t it amazing to play music or isn’t it absolutely a gift that you can drive a car? Now think of the benefits being healthy will bring into your life I think that is worth practicing for.

Be good to you, always.

Tom

Be Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwarz this book was recommended to me by Rob Bigge from the Greenhouse Group with whom I’ll be working together in the future for bringing you a cycle of workshops all on the theme ‘Understanding and Managing stress’

Your body needs you

The effect(s) of stress (muscular tension, digestive problems, low immunity, depression,…) is the result of the body’s exposure to the stress response (fight, flight, freeze) which in term is triggered following the brains interpretation of a stressor(s) (trauma, worrying, work overload,…).

The effect(s) of stress is in correlation to i.a. the length of exposure, one’s personal coping mechanism and the state of stress at the moment.

The stress response is a series of involuntary neuro-hormonal (adrenaline, cortisol, vagal tone,…) changes that have an impact on the heart, bronchi, vascular system, organs, muscles, immunity system, cognition and behaviour to help us to survive.

When the stressor has ceased the body needs time to reset itself to its allostatic balance – a state where it can react according to the need. The recovery – unlike what we might think – is a long, slow process as it is part of our biology adapted to what life was like thousands of years ago and which hasn’t gone to any major changes since Pleistocene times.

“The rate of cultural change since the evolution of the Homo Sapiens is astonishing, but in the face of that rate of change, there has been no sufficient time for many new and successful genetic adaptations to occur.”

“Every day we play out behaviours that have been part of the human experience for a very long time. Yet these behaviours are played out in an arena that is far from removed from that in which they evolved…. creating conflict between our evolved psychological predispositions and the dictates of modern culture.”

When culture and biology collide by E.O. Smith

Reaset: The return of Ease” is a self-healing modality that facilitates and acts as a catalyst (speeds-up) the recovery of the neuro-hormonal system to an allostatic balance. By practicing this on a regular basis you’re helping your biology to reset itself more efficiently and thus thus reduce the effects of stress.

Reaset Body-Coaching” as a therapy goes one step further, it offers a helping hand to the neuro-hormonal, musculo-skeletal, organ and biofield systems to return to ease (allostatic balance). Reaset Body-Coaching also offers information how you can further help yourself.

Author: Tom Meyers

Your body needs you.

The path to Radiance: Part 1

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On the 21st of December or 21.12.2012 there will be a Galactic alignment. This is an alignment between the centre of our galaxy, the sun and the earth…. if that alignment is part of our macrocosmic perspective what alignment will we go through in this case with we I mean us human beings beings as part of the microcosmos?

Will we also go in an alignment? The alignment of the self with the overself maybe  manifested in ‘radiance’ and at the same time an alignment of the inner light that has become visible with the light of the outer – the Universe.

Seems that the theme of my next eBook (currently writing it) the ‘The path to Radiance’ is in line with that thought as to really fully experience or even benefit from that 21.12 alignment to be in one’s Radiance is probably a plus.

Food for thought

If we are – subconsciously – preparing for an alignment on a cosmic level is this maybe a reason why so many people are struggling at the moment? Called to question themselves… Am I in alignment with my beliefs, my purpose, my self,…

From: The path to Radiance (a follow-up to “Reaset: The return of Ease“)

Imagine yourself, clearly emanating great joy, being in love, or being healthy in other words “being radiant”… how does that feel like. 

Is that what you want? 

An essential first step in the path to radiance is clarity, therefore making a clear statement to yourself to consciously acknowledge what you want is very important.

The next step is to create a vision. What you want how does that look and feel like? Envision yourself being radiant and write it down, make it a story where you are the main character. Make the story as radiant as you can…

12 years ago I wrote down my own story sparked by the quest: How I envisioned myself in 10 years time. 

I wasn’t too well at the time. My light wasn’t shining on the contrary it was going out. It was a coach I went to see who gave me the assignment to answer this question. Three questions had proceeded this penultimate question: What do you admire in the people that are around you, friends, family members,… ?  What do people come to you for, ask your advise on, like about you,…? What have you done so far that made you truly happy or said if I would do this for the rest of my life I would be happy,…?

The three preceding questions had – it turned out – one goal revealing, clarifying my potential. When you are tumbling down into a deep and dark valley it is very difficult to think or to be positive let alone image a bright future. Detached from myself I imagined what the potential I had found could be… I made up a story around it. That story became my vision.

Continue reading: The path to Radiance: Part 2

 

 

Photo taken from: http://www.ancient-world-mysteries.com/2012.html