How a Stress Management Coach Can Help You Beat Stress, Feel Calm At Work And Build Bullet-Proof Resilience… Without Quitting Your Job Or Retreating To a Monastery
A stress management coach can (and should) change your life.
Stress management is a daily necessity in our modern world as it can feel like we’re constantly bombarded by stressors everywhere we turn.
It’s affecting everyone, just differently.
A Labour Force Survey (LFS) In 2020/21 reported that “stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases“.
If you’re feeling over-stressed, overwhelmed or worried that stress may cause you to quit your job, this article is for you.
You’ll discover how a job stress coach can help you prevent, manage or treat stress quickly and effectively so you can reset and feel in control again.
Imagine… if stress coaching can help you avert the many negative mental and physiological effects of stress, how good will you feel and what can you achieve when you have vibrant mental, physical and emotional health?
If this is how you’d like to feel one month from now, three months from now…
Stick with me for the next 8 minutes to learn everything you need to know about finding, assessing, hiring and working with a stress reduction coach who has the solutions you’ll need to get rid of stress naturally…
- What a stress coach is and what they can offer you
- The different types of stress and resilience coaching professionals
- How these stress experts work with you
- How to find and assess one or more stress and resilience specialists
- How soon you can expect results and…
- How much coaches charge
Let’s get into it…
How Stressed Is The Workforce (And Your Co-Workers?)
Workplace stress is on the rise globally thanks to our fast-paced modern lifestyles and work schedules.
According to the American Institute of Stress:
- 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress
- US businesses lose up to $300 billion yearly as a result of workplace stress
- Stress causes around one million workers to miss work every day
- Work-related stress causes 120,000 deaths and results in $190 billion in healthcare costs yearly
What is stress labelled as the cause of within workplaces globally?
- Increased absenteeism
- Increased workplace injuries
- High staff turnover / staff retention issues
- A rise in insurance claims
- Lower back pain and other physical pain
- Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions
Stress has also been labelled as an epidemic by the World Health Organization.
This is why…
- Governments are setting up mental health programs to educate and support citizens suffering from stress and other mental health disorders.
- Organizations are implementing stress management plans to educate and support employees with their mental health
- Individuals are reading books, joining support networks, taking courses, and hiring mentors for personal support in order to prevent, manage or heal from stress.
What does all this mean for you?
Read on to find out how you can avoid being a stress statistic and instead, be one of the lucky ones staying healthy and resilient…
Stress Management Coach:
EVERYTHING You Need To Know BEFORE You Hire An Expert For 1-on-1 Coaching
[52 Top Questions Answered]
I too suffered from severe stress, burnout and work-related anxiety, and in this article I’ll be sharing with you my story and how I beat stress 100% naturally, and how you can too.
Will I follow a specific stress management program during coaching?
Whether you follow a specific program or not depends on the coach you’re working with.
Some may prefer to freestyle your sessions while others may prefer a highly structured approach to ensure you achieve the health outcomes you’re seeking.
Ask the coach during an initial chat or during your first coaching session about the format and flow of your sessions week to week and month to month.
When can I expect to see changes?
You could see changes within minutes ideally.
Effective stress-busters can work within minutes; some can take a little longer depending on the technique, strategy, activity or exercise as well as the extent of your stress, lifestyle and health in general.
A stress coach will be able to give you a clear timeline for healing after a brief assessment of your current situation…
…much like a doctor would prescribe a certain medication after a brief consultation with you asking about symptoms you’re experiencing.
How many stress coaching sessions will I need?
You should have as few sessions as possible if your coach is good at what they do, while keeping in mind the importance of building and maintaining new, positive habits.
An authentic coach has your best interests in mind, not theirs.
And a truly qualified coach will have the techniques and strategies that will get you out of stress and into peace as soon as possible.
A 90 day plan is a good timeframe for best results.
Will my sessions be on a live chat or by phone?
Stress coaching sessions will be either by live video chat, phone or face-to-face depending on what you arrange with your coach.
It may change week to week depending on what you feel you need or what you arrange with your coach.
What should my (real) goal be to reach with my coach?
Yours and your coach’s ongoing aim should be to help develop your meta-cognition skills (to have an awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the patterns underlying them).
Given that you experience stress:
- driving to work
- running late for work
- stress at work
- by thinking about stress
- or a negative event in your life
…the goal of a stress coach is to help you eliminate stress…AND to use tools, techniques, strategies and exercises that make you:
Resilient to stress
A work stress mentor can help you implement a stress prevention plan so that when you’re at work and caught up in what would normally be a stressful situation or a stressful day, your mind and body simply don’t react to the stressful situation.
You are resilient against stress.
This is when you begin to notice the subtle power of having a coach guiding you…
Because over time you’ll start to ‘forget’ that this same situation that used to be a major stress trigger for you, simply isn’t there any longer.
What do you talk about with a stress coach?
You’ll talk about many things with your coach including your stress history and story, possible causes and triggers (external and internal), your environment, health history, mental challenges, emotions and life in general.
A good stress coach will use this information to help you dissolve pain and suffering.
Simultaneously they work with you to increase your health, happiness, resilience, joy and vibrancy so that stress becomes a non-issue for you, so that you’re truly resilient against stress, burnout and anxiety.
Do stress coaches guarantee results from stress coaching?
A good stress coach will offer a guarantee with their coaching services.
If they won’t, you should question why.
An effective stress coach will have the techniques, strategies and exercises to shift their client’s thoughts and feelings from stress to peace.
If a coach can’t guarantee their expertise, they’re not the coach for you.
Do I need a stress coach?
If you’re highly motivated, highly analytical and love testing new techniques and strategies on yourself to gain ongoing feedback about what works and what doesn’t, then you could overcome stress alone.
If the above doesn’t sound like you, a coach could be a way for you to shortcut any pain and suffering and get straight to the techniques that can work for you.
I’m feeling nervous about the stress coaching process. Is this normal?
Yes, the coaching process can be nerve-racking, but remember, this process is a healing process, so it’s outside of your normal daily experience, and therefore will feel foreign.
All change starts with a first step, and coaching is no different.
Step into uncertainty with the understanding that you’re doing this to heal, grow and get to a point where stress, burnout and anxiety are a non-issue… so that you can become completely resilient to stress.
What results can I expect from stress coaching?
You can expect results within minutes with a stress coach who knows what they’re doing.
A top stress coach will use the best stress-busting techniques to ensure you dissolve stress as soon as possible and can get back to normal life.
The results from using the right techniques is that you’ll feel stronger, more in control and more calm before, during and after work.
How can my stress and resilience coach help me improve my mind and body’s response to stress?
A stress and resilience expert can guide you to becoming a better, stronger and more resilient version of yourself.
Strengthening your mind, body and emotions to withstand the daily stressors and challenges that we all encounter can make you less susceptible to:
- colds and flus
- less affected by office politics
- less fearful about life and all its uncertainties
- and reduce worrying about things in general
A stress management advisor can even help to make you aware of your subtle improvements month to month that you may not even notice yourself because you simply ‘forgot’ how you used to react.
You should find that:
- your outlook changes
- your moods change
- your perspectives shift
- your attitude becomes more positive
- and your hope for the future becomes brighter and more vivid
You’ll start truly ‘living’, because you’ll have a stronger mental, physical and emotional foundation to work from on a daily basis.
Having a holistic stress management coach in your corner can lead you to where you want to go without judgement or criticism.
Instead you’ll feel supported, encouraged, inspired and have clearer vision of your future, more resilient self.
How often would I meet with my stress coach?
How often you meet with your coach depends on your schedule, the severity of symptoms or the urgency you having in dissolving stress.
You could meet once a week or month or several times per week.
Online or face-to-face meetings could be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
How long is a stress coaching session?
Each coaching session duration is entirely up to you and your stress coach. Typically, a session would be either 45 minutes or 1 hour long, but you could arrange a session for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
A coaching session will include both conversational assessment of your current situation and practical application of effective techniques, strategies, activities and exercises to reduce psychological stress, allowing you to take control of stress, your mind and your health in general.
How does coaching reduce stress?
Coaching reduces stress by short-cutting the learning and implementation process by testing various known techniques and strategies that are proven effective to reduce stress.
What would normally take you years to learn could be learnt in a matter of weeks, ultimately reducing your pain and suffering from stress.
How often should I have a stress coaching session?
The regularity of your stress coaching sessions will depend on the intensity of your stress feelings and the desire you have to eliminate those feelings.
It could be daily, several times per week or several times per month.
Will a stress coach recommend taking anti-stress supplements?
Taking stress-supplements or not will depend on how you feel mentally, physically and emotionally upon beginning coaching or throughout the period you’re being coached.
While supplements can be effective in:
- lowering blood pressure,
- reducing cortisol,
- relaxing muscles,
- adrenal support,
- improving immunity
- and reducing or eliminating heart palpitations
…if they can be avoided, they should be in favor of natural techniques, strategies, lifestyle changes as well as eating foods in their natural form for optimum nutrition.
How long will I need to work with a stress reduction coach?
It could be one session or multiple sessions depending on the severity of the stress you’re experiencing and the technique, strategy or exercise used or recommended to you.
An ethical stress coach’s goal and responsibility is to give you the tools that lead to self-empowerment, to ensure their client is equipped to self-manage their mental, emotional and physical health.
A coach can always remain as a support either passively or actively as required by the client.
What is the difference between stress coaching and counselling?
Comparing stress coaching vs counseling is like comparing someone certified in basketball vs training with an experienced basketball player.
One has qualifications; the other has real world results.
This doesn’t mean the counselor doesn’t offer value or can’t offer effective stress management advice, but comparing the two, there’s likely to be a large difference.
What will a stress coach teach you?
An effective stress management expert will educate you about:
- how stress works,
- how it impacts your physical and mental health
and most importantly: what you can do on a daily basis to prevent, management and treat stress
…so that you build resilience to stress and avoid its harmful effects.
You’ll Learn How To Cope With Stress
Learning how to deal with stress is as important as learning the job you’re currently working in.
Because if you can’t perform your job because of stress, you increase your risk of being fired or simply resigning of your own accord because of how bad you feel at work.
You’ll Learn How to Manage Stress More Effectively
Remember that it’s impossible to eliminate stress because there’s literally thousands of different types of stressors.
The goal then is to learn how to manage stress through accurate information and the implementation of effective and natural stress reduction techniques, strategies, activities and exercises on a daily basis.
Who hires a stress coach?
Anyone suffering from stress can hire a stress management coach to receive expert guidance and speed up the process of becoming stress-resilient.
While the reasons to hire a stress coach may differ from person to person, anyone from an employee up to an entrepreneur and leaders of industry can hire a coach to help manage and treat stress.
What will an initial stress coaching consultation involve?
Some of the steps a stress coach will take you through during an initial consultation include:
- Assessing your stress history
- Discovering your current problems and challenges
- Identifying your known stress triggers
- Uncovering other potential stress triggers
- A stress assessment, possibly involving a quiz or questionnaire
The coaching process usually involves ongoing weekly chats from anywhere between 30 minutes up to 2 hours, depending on what you and your coach have negotiated.
The 5 steps a stress coach will usually take with each client are as follows:
- Discussion and Analysis
- Stress Management Plan Creation
- Stress Plan Implementation
- Feedback, Analysis and Continual Improvement
How will I change as a person as a result of stress coaching? How do I know it’s working?
Positive change is the entire goal of working with a stress coach.
Your thoughts and feelings can shift within minutes of implementing one or more stress-busting techniques, while some can take a little longer.
As a result of stress coaching you should feel: more calm, relaxed, serene, increased self-compassion, greater emotional regulation, more rational, clear, lighter, happier, more purposeful, able to fulfill your life goals/mission, in control, smiling more… and enjoying life more in general.
What is the best therapy for stress?
The best therapy for stress is the one that works for you, and you therefore may need to try several before you land on one that works effectively for you.
This is why it’s important to work with a coach that has a wide variety of therapies, tools, techniques, activities, exercises and strategies to draw from.
A stress burnout coach will work with you either with the modality or therapy they were trained in or they will work with you based on their personal real-life experiences with stress, or both.
For example, if a work stress coach is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), that’s the therapy they’ll use to help you to treat stress.
The obvious problem is; what if CBT doesn’t work for you?
Just like some medicines work for some people but not others, different healing modalities or therapies work for some and not others.
A coach who works with just one therapy may not necessarily be able to help you overcome stress.
How can I assess and measure the success of stress coaching?
You will ultimately assess and measure the success of coaching by how you feel and how you respond to stressors during your day. It will involve self-monitoring, self-regulation and collaborative monitoring to track and evaluate your progress.
However, for more physical proof you may consider having several tests done prior to and during the period you’re being coached, perhaps at three-month intervals.
These tests could include a resting heart rate test, blood test for cortisol levels, a blood pressure test and for more visual proof, you may want to have a brain scan such as SPECT, PET or MRI.
These tests and/or scans are completely optional but they can provide visual evidence of the progress you’re making, if that’s what you want/need.
You will work closely with your coach to ensure you’re actively using the prescribed techniques, strategies, activities and exercises.
And you’ll provide feedback to your coach about your day to day experiences and how they’re changing and improving over time.
How to choose a stress coach?
You should choose a stress coach on their ability to produce results for their clients.
By results I mean, their ability to get their clients out of coaching and healed from stress feelings, burnout and anxiety feelings as soon as possible.
If it’s for job-related stress, choose a work stress guru who has ‘been there, done that’, who’s overcome employment stress and has the knowledge and tools to help you do the same.
Matt Adams – Stress, Burnout, Anxiety And Resilience Coach
For burnout, stress and anxiety coaching, Matt Adams can help you shortcut the pain process and get to effective solutions faster.
Here’s a few words from Matt about his journey with stress…
My stress story began at 24 when I was managing two real estate sales offices in Brisbane, Australia.
Signs of stress started to show up, but being 24, I completely ignored them.
But the knocks just got louder, and 3 months later I was forced to resign due to extreme burnout.
I had to just ‘escape’.
Pushing myself the extra 3 months was a mistake, and the cellular-memory of the stress and burnout I experienced haunted me in other jobs:
…to a point where I just resigned in order to get out of the stress and anxiety feelings I was experiencing.
As bad as it was, it was nothing compared to what happened next.
At 27, after interviewing for a high-stress, high-paying job, I experienced a severe panic attack while driving.
The next 4 months were the hardest 4 months of my entire life.
I was experiencing up to 100 heart palpitations a day in addition to lightning-shock sensations in my heart.
One night, about two weeks after the panic attack I literally didn’t sleep for the entire night, not even for a minute because of how I was feeling.
My reoccurring thought was, “If I go to sleep, I won’t wake up”.
I ended up taking a job in a factory but even then could only work 4 days per week on average and was almost fired for taking too many sick days.
On the mornings I called in sick, my reoccurring thought was:
“If I go to work today, I will die”.
In the weeks following the panic attack I started what ended up becoming a 10-month stress self-rehabilitation to:
Re-build my mind and body back to a point where I felt good again and could return to work in my field of expertise.
As hard as this 10-months was:
- I never visited one doctor
- and I never took one pharmaceutical drug to manage the stress, anxiety and death-feelings I was experiencing
Instead I found or created 100% natural techniques, strategies, activities and exercises to overcome stress and anxiety.
I figured it all out by myself
…and now I’m on a mission to help others overcome stress, burnout and anxiety naturally
…and build bullet-proof resilience in this ever-changing changing world.
How does the Matt Adams Method™ help with the prevention, management and treatment of stress, burnout and anxiety?
The Matt Adams Method™ is a holistic methodology for the effective prevention, management and treatment of stress, burnout and anxiety.
It was created by Matt Adams as a result of the stress and burnout he experienced at age 24 and a severe panic-attack at age 27.
These experiences led to a 10-month self-rehabilitation without the use of drugs, doctors, counselors or therapists.
The method is a 100% natural program for the prevention, management and treatment of stress, burnout and anxiety through the implementation of:
- effective techniques
- and exercises
Its focus is to guide an individual to build greater mental, physical and emotional resilience to the point where stress is a non-issue.
The method is a lifestyle-program designed to help the individual improve their mind, body and spirit to live a healthy, conscious and self-directed life.
Matt is a contributing Author to a #1 Best-Selling book on Amazon: ‘Activate Your Life’ (Volume III)
…and is currently writing a book about his journey and 100% natural self-healing from stress.
What do coaches identify in their clients regarding possible causes of their stress?
A good stress practitioner can help you to become aware of any unrealistic expectations you may have that may be causing stress or affecting your level of resilience.
Humans are idealistic by nature.
We exist on hope.
We have to in order to keep pushing forward as a species.
But unfortunately, this hope for the future and of an idealistic future can often blind us to realities of day to day life.
We may continue thinking or even reaffirming things like:
- “I’ll be fine”, or
- “I’m fine“
- “there’s nothing wrong”
- “it’ll go away”
Unrealistic expectations, ‘imaginings’ or straight out denial are just some of the things coaches commonly see in their clients.
Putting off treatment of stress can be very damaging in the medium term and long term.
(Fitness and time in nature were part of my
self-healing from stress, burnout and anxiety)
“As a former sufferer of extreme stress, burnout and anxiety I was able to take the DIY approach to beat stress but it wasn’t easy.
In fact, it was horrible.
I felt like I could have died thousands of times due to how bad I was feeling and how weak my heart felt.
But I was able to overcome stress 100% naturally:
- without doctors
- counsellors or
…I solely used holistic stress management techniques
The pain and suffering in the meantime however included multiple job resignations, financial pain, mental pain, emotional pain and physical pain.
If I had to do it all over again I’d probably choose the same path because it ultimately made me into the person I am today.
But unless you’re super analytical, driven and have the self-awareness to test, notice, reflect and keep trying new techniques every month…
…I just don’t see how someone could overcome chronic stress alone.”
Can I overcome stress without a coach?
It could take time and effort and will require dedication, discipline, an analytical mind and strong self-awareness in order to implement techniques and gain feedback about what worked and what didn’t.
It will likely take longer and you may endure more suffering in the meantime while you’re trying to figure it all out.
If you’d like to feel calm, relaxed and feel at peace before, during and after work, my SoleStone Technique™ is the perfect stress-buster because it releases physical and emotional ‘stress toxins’ from the mind and body.
I’d like my employer to pay for my coaching. Can you provide a proposal?
My website is rich in content about me, my stress history, my journey and my services so it’s the best form of a ‘proposal’ I can offer, so I’d recommend sending my website URL to your employer so that they can see my experience and value fist-hand.
After that, I can provide an invoice for your employer in order to pay the invoice and begin your stress coaching sessions.
(Burnout caused the end of my real estate career)
“For me, when I pushed another 3 months after my first signs of stress (acne and low libido), that’s what put me over the edge.
The stress went ‘into my body’, and caused ongoing issues for me anytime I felt those feelings of work stress again.
I regret pushing myself but at that time, I didn’t even know what I was experiencing.
It’s only with the benefit of hindsight that I can see how it all unfolded and where I went wrong.”
What are the benefits of having a stress relief coach?
The benefits of stress management coaching will be different for everyone as we all have different beliefs, values and ideas about what’s important.
If you’re dealing with a lot of stress on a consistent basis, the benefits of personal coaching can include:
- Having someone to talk to about your stress
- Leveraging the coaches’ past experiences with stress and how they overcame it
- Learn effective stress management techniques, strategies, activities and exercises
- Obtain advice on time management, healthy eating, exercise routines
- Discover mental tips to shift your thoughts and emotions about your situation
- Reframe your situation to find the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives
You’ll also get help…
- Creating your wellness vision, your personal roadmap to your ideal healthier self
- To cultivate inner wisdom for greater mental and emotional resilience
- Changing your daily habits that cause stress and replacing them with healthy habits that improve your thoughts and feelings
- Improved self-efficacy to enable greater capacity to execute behaviors that lead to change
And you’ll also enjoy…
- Easier and permanent behavior modification towards a sustainable healthy lifestyle
- Non-judgemental and non-critical support
- Increased motivation for overcoming stress related problems at work and in other areas of life
- Improved quality of life, mood regulation and inner peace
(Stress acne started to appear for me
during high-stress in real estate)
“Acne from stress is a very common sign of stress and it’s exactly what happened to me.
When it first appeared I was totally confused.
I analyzed my diet, no changes there. I wasn’t overdoing sugar so that wasn’t it.
I just didn’t understand it.
I also suffered from low libido.
Because I couldn’t figure out why this was all happening to me I just kept going, which was my ultimate undoing three months later when I was forced to resign from a great job.
As devastating as it was to resign from a job I loved, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders by not having to turn up to the office again.”
My 360 Technique™ is perfect for gaining an entirely new perspective on stress so you can get to the ‘truth’… and step out of the ‘stress soup’ you’re currently simmering in.
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“This is what happened to me. I ended up resigning because I’d reached breaking point.
I’d pushed myself three months longer than I should have and my mind eventually caught up with what my body was telling me three months prior.
I regret not knowing and paying attention to those early stress signs.”
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
What do experts recommend for stress relief?
Experts recommend different things for stress relief depending on their training and experience.
Just as one type of drug may work for some and not others, different therapies, modalities and stress reduction techniques may work for some people and not others.
The best advice is to keep trying new things until you find one or more techniques that work for you.
How much does a stress coach charge?
The amount a coach will charge will vary depending on the coach’s experience, qualifications and ultimately their ability to get you the results you’re seeking.
Expect to pay anything from a few hundred dollars per session up to $1000 or more either as a once off session or on a monthly basis if you’re working with them over the longer term.
Some may work on a per-hour rate while others will work on a monthly retainer.
The cost of coaching should be far less than the results you achieve, which is why a true stress master coach will offer a money back guarantee.
How do I choose the right stress professional to work with?
Not all stress management professionals are created equal.
With so many certification and qualification options in the field of stress management it can be hard to distinguish or decide on a stress consultant to work with.
Knowing where to get help for stress or who to turn to for help can be stressful in itself; so here is a brief outline of the different types of stress management practitioners you may see advertising themselves.
Stress Management Counselor
A stress counselor will usually have a certification in the field of social work, mental health or non-specific healthcare or health-related disciplines.
Their stress counselling services will assist you in talking through your problems and challenges to help you seek resolution of stress related problems.
Some organizations offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to assist their employees with any challenges they’re facing in their life and will refer employees to professional counsellors for a confidential discussion for as long as is required.
Many Governments offer free counselling services for the same purpose.
Stress Management Therapist
A stress therapist will be a degree qualified professional trained in one or more areas such as psychology or psychiatry, often working in a hospital, large medical clinic, a stress management clinic or in their own commercial or private office.
A “Stress Doctor” aka Stress Management Doctor is another name for Psychiatrist.
A Psychiatrist is qualified to prescribe medicine for management of stress whereas a Psychologist is a therapist that will work with you through verbal discussions to get to the root cause of your stress as well as offering techniques, strategies or exercises that can reduce or eliminate stress.
If you visit your local Doctor about stress, they may provide basic stress management recommendations to you, but if they feel you require greater assistance they will refer you on to a qualified and licensed professional such as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist depending on their assessment of your current mental wellbeing.
Stress Management Coach
A stress and wellness coach could be one or more of the above but in most cases they will likely be stress-survivors with their own severe personal experience with stress that they’ve overcome and are now helping others to either treat stress or prevent stress ahead of time.
Stress Management Consultant
A stress consultant typically works with businesses and organizations, educating management and/or employees about stress and more specifically, helping the organization to implement a stress management plan that will be used as a guide to prevent and/or manage stress in the workplace.
How do I decide who to work with?
In deciding which expert to work with, you can consider it from this perspective…
If you wanted to get good at Soccer, who would you want to coach you…?
- Someone who has a certificate as a soccer coach
- Someone who has a degree in soccer coaching
- Someone who’s played soccer at a high level for several years or decades…?
Each one can offer value to you because of their training and/or life experiences but you may find significant differences between each.
Ultimately you may decide to work with someone local to you simply because you prefer a physical face-to-face consultation.
Alternatively, a virtual stress coach will work with you online 1-on-1 via video chat using platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Google hangouts, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Whichever path you decide, the most important thing is to work with someone who can get you the results you want as soon as possible so you’re not wasting your valuable time and money.
Do I need to sign a contract?
An expert stress, burnout or anxiety coach will never request that you sign a contract because their expertise in delivering results IS the contract.
While it’s a two-way-street in terms of you as the client fulfilling your part of the coaching arrangement, the coach should have absolute certainty in themselves, their service, their coaching and the results they promise.
If a so-called ‘expert’ tries to lock you into a contract, this could be a sign that they don’t have the techniques to help you.
How is anti-stress coaching different from psychotherapy?
Stress coaching is different from psychotherapy because although a psychologist or psychiatrist is trained in certain theories, techniques or methodologies this doesn’t mean they’ve necessarily lived through the pain and suffering that their clients have experienced or are experiencing.
If they haven’t lived it, how can they truly understand it and truly understand ‘you’?
While they may be able to help you manage or treat stress using psychotherapy, it may be worth considering working with an anti-stress coach who’s a stress survivor who has lived through and overcome stress, burnout or anxiety first-hand AND can teach you to do the same.
Not through a text book, but through real life experience.
This of course doesn’t suggest that the psychologist or psychiatrist can’t offer effective solutions to help you overcome stress. There’s simply pros and cons to consider.
The New Stress: Is Hybrid And Remote Working Stress Impacting Your Happiness?
The Covid epidemic has accelerated a new type of stress: working remotely from home.
Why is this stressful?
Because we’ve lost the one big hard-wired ‘need’ for human beings; the need for social connection.
Hybrid work stress caused by shared time between the office and home, or remote work stress where you’re working at home full-time is a big problem, even for those more mentally resilient.
The isolation and even boredom can cause stress and lead to burnout which is why many people are looking for advice, support and guidance to reduce stress and prevent burnout.
What other types of stress management programs does a stress coach offer?
A good stress coach should offer a range of anti-stress programs to ensure they can assist clients 1-to-1 as well as through self-guided online training programs.
They may also have books, PDF downloadables, group coaching and online webinars to further assist existing and potential clients.
Why Is Stress Affecting Me (And Not My Co-Workers?)
Stress doesn’t discriminate…it affects everyone…just differently.
Acceptance of this fact in itself can be liberating.
Because, if you’re stressed out, you may be having one or more of these thoughts…?
- “What’s wrong with me?”
- “Why can’t I handle this?”
- “How come other people seem to be better than me at handling stress?”
- “How can I get rid of this?”
- “I’m smart, why can’t I figure this out?”
- “I hate feeling like this!”
Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with you.
You’re human… and that alone opens you up to the possibility of suffering from stress.
And while you’re dealing with stress, those other people… they’re suffering from something that for you is insignificant.
How Wide Is Your Stress ‘Knowledge Gap’?
Shorten the gap and you shorten the pain from stress.
Can I hire a stress coach from anywhere in the world?
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, yes, it’s easier than ever to work with an online stress coach.
The stress coach you end up working with for virtual coaching should be within a reasonably accessible time zone where both of you are available during normal business working hours on the same day.
A coach may offer a once-off online stress consultation or several over a period of days, weeks or months depending on how you’re feeling and how you’re coping with stress.
Stress Triggers: How You Got To Where You Are And What’s Causing You All This Stress?
Triggers of stress are anything that cause stress, and it’s different for everyone. And this is why stress is known as the silent killer, because there’s no one obvious thing necessarily to pinpoint as the cause.
Here are some common triggers…
Workplace Stress Triggers:
- Boss(es) / Manager(s)
- Work colleagues / coworkers
- Workplace culture
- Inadequate resources to perform your job
- Unclear job role definition and/or expectations
- Competition from colleagues
- Office politics
- Workplace bullying
- Sexual relationships with co-workers
- Constantly running late for work
- Rush hour traffic
- Body posture while working
Foods Are Stressors
- Processed foods
- High salt food
- High sugar foods
- Common allergen foods such as wheat, dairy, gluten, soy
- Pesticides and herbicides in foods
Beverages Are Stressors
- Energy Drinks
- Sodas/Fizzy Drinks
- Sports Drinks
Drugs Are Stressors
- Pharmaceutical Drugs / Prescription Medications
- Stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate
- Cigarette smoking and vaping
- Illicit drugs such as speed, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and so on
- Vehicle exhaust fumes
- Air quality
- Electromagnetic radiation (electronic devices)
Stressors At Home
- Household cleaning products
- Building products
- Chemicals in paints
- Chemicals in flooring
The people in your life can be a large stress trigger too, whether it’s:
- Difficulties and disagreements with immediate family, spouse and/or children
- Your extended family (perhaps caring for demanding elderly parents)
- Your friends and being caught up in drama with them personally or shared drama with what’s going on in their lives.
While this list may seem extensive and even dramatic, remember, stressors affect everyone differently so no one person will experience or suffer from all of the above mentioned stressors.
The main takeaway from all this is to try to reduce stressors as much as possible while simultaneously increase your mind and body’s resilience to stressors and life in general.
This way you get a double effect of reducing the negative while increasing the positive.
Is it worth getting a stress coach?
Assessing whether it’s worth having a coach depends on your stress levels and the extent to which stress is affecting you in one or more areas of your life.
If you’re at the point where stress is either affecting or could affect you financially in the future, then hiring a stress coach could be seen as an investment of sorts in your career by keeping it on track so that you maintain your financial stability and security.
Then there’s the health cost. If the stress gets ‘into your body’ or ‘into your mind’ it’s harder to get rid of, and this can lead to other more severe health problems, time off work and other unknown pain and suffering in your future that you couldn’t possibly anticipate.
Hiring an occupational stress management coach is as much about ‘avoidance’ of stress as much as it is about treating existing stress.
“What Stress Symptoms Should I Watch Out For And Pay Attention To?”
Symptoms of stress can appear at different levels on the stress spectrum.
It may start with regular headaches then manifest as stress acne and then perhaps a stomach ulcer.
Such stress indicators must be paid attention to as they are the first warning signs from your body that you’re out of balance and something needs correcting.
Here is a list of some common stress symptoms to look out for:
- Acid reflux
- Skin problems (psoriasis)
- Sleep problems (getting to sleep, staying asleep)
- Muscle aches
- Heart racing
- Heart palpitations
- Digestive problems
- Elimination problems
- Increased irritability
- Increased desire for ‘drugs’ (alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs)
- Increased use or need for one or more pharmaceutical drugs
- Consumption behavior (shopping)
- Increased desire and consumption of high sugar foods
- Increased desire and consumption of high salt foods
BIG list right? Keep 98% of these symptoms out of your life to keep stress out too…
- Increased negative self-talk and defeatism
- Perseverative cognition (constant thinking of negative past of future events)
- Increased resistance to change
- Increase rejection to new ideas
- Reduced willingness to overcome hurdles and difficulties at work and in life
- Depression and/or depressive feelings
- Not coping with life responsibilities
- Ruminating on the past (hoping/wishing things were like they used to be)
Can a life coach help with stress management?
Life coach stress management could be one of their services but it’s unlikely unless they’re specifically promoting themselves as an expert in stress management.
Make sure you work with a specialist in the field of ‘stressology’ as they will have the widest range of tools and techniques to help you overcome stress.
What does a stress coach do exactly?
A stress specialist will coach you to reduce or eliminate any prolonged negative reactions to stress, thereby increasing your resilience to stress.
Stress is unavoidable, but your mind and body’s response to stress is changeable.
A coach will use proven methods to help their clients out of stress as fast as possible.
And a true stress expert will guide you to better mental health, better emotional states, better thought processing and a stronger, healthier body.
They’ll achieve this through motivational interviewing perhaps incorporating the transtheoretical model to facilitate behavior change, as well as active listening and goal setting.
Over time you’ll simply ‘forget’ how you used to react to stressful situations, and feeling good will become your new normal.
An effective anti-stress coach will lead by example, much like a personal trainer is a billboard for their own business.
A stress guru must look the part as well as have a toolbelt of techniques, strategies and exercises they can draw from to implement with their clients.
A stress coach is considered to be a meta-professional as their role requires multiple skills above and beyond traditional counseling.
The role requires knowledge of:
- multiple mental and physical health disciplines
- and ongoing reflection upon current practices
Not to mention the external environment and the roles and behaviors within the coaching relationship.
An effective stress and burnout coach will help you to develop important meta-skills to overcome stress, burnout and anxiety.
(Note: Meta-skills are ‘master skills’ that allow easier learning, understanding and actioning of other skills required to achieve a desired outcome)
Here are my top 4 meta-skills for stress-busting that I work on with my clients:
The ability to notice, reflect upon, objectively analyze and evaluate one’s own behavior.
The ability to notice your behavior in real-time, allowing you to make any necessary behavioral changes (ideally in real-time) that alter any default reactions/responses.
Self-awareness leads to greater objectivity, allowing a person to make changes easier that lead to a higher number of desired outcomes in life.
Refers to your belief in your capacity to take actions necessary to produce a specific desired outcome.
Specifically, the removal of stress thoughts and feelings through the elimination of the stress response within the mind and body.
The ability to fit or adjust. Acceptance of and embracing change both external and internal is an important step to self-realization and ongoing mental, emotional, personal and spiritual development.
The average person resists change which creates stress, tension and anxiety in the present and about the future.
“The only constant in life is change” (Heraclitus)
The ability to withstand specific or general challenges or difficulties faced in any given situation or in life in general.
A resilient person has a greater ability to ‘bounce back’ from negative situations, adversity and experiences…
…and ideally be grateful for the experience, more determined, wiser and maybe even have a smile on their face 🙂
A certified stress management coach ultimately helps you reduce stress and anxiety and avoid burnout through mentoring, guiding and teaching you effective stress reduction techniques, strategies and exercises.
This ensures you achieve a level of mental wellness, emotional peace and physical health by drawing on the principles of positive psychology and many other healing modalities, theories and proven methodologies.
They also act as a sounding board, helping you to vent some of the challenges you’re facing that are causing you stress.
Is All Stress Bad…(There Must Be Something Good About It, Right)?
Short term stress is not only manageable for us; it can even be good for us.
It is however characterized as a syndrome because it can be identified by a set of medical symptoms and signs that are correlated with each other and are often associated with a more significant disease or disorder.
The reality is that stress touches every area of your life… eventually
The term eustress describes ‘good stress’: a positive form of stress having a beneficial effect on health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being.
Knowing how to manage both good and bad stress is considered as stress optimization as you demonstrate awareness and have the resources and ability to manage stressful situations.
Examples of good stress include:
- The stress you experience before an exam that motivates you to study more
- Lifting weights in the gym that builds your muscles and body stronger to cope with lifting the same or greater weight next time
- Enduring a challenging life situation that ultimately results in your personal or spiritual growth
Examples of bad stress include:
- Repeatedly impossible work deadlines
- Working too much for too long without a vacation
- Negative work environment
- Running on adrenaline to ‘make things happen’
Adding to good stress and bad stress, you’ve probably heard the terms: acute stress and chronic stress.
An acute stress response is a once off high-intensity (emotional, traumatic) response such as might happen with the death of a loved one, a near death experience, significant financial loss, significant health event or even betrayal by a spouse or close friend.
Chronic stress is accumulative stress over a prolonged time period that can manifest as one or more symptoms and if left untreated could lead to more serious and debilitating health conditions that can eventually lead to death.
It doesn’t stop at health either: Left untreated, it can lead to mental health conditions, relationship breakdown and can even lead to financial ruin.
The cumulative effect of ongoing daily emotional pressure and distress is the most common cause of chronic stress disorders among adults worldwide.
Chronic Stress Symptoms include:
- Muscle tension
- Concentration difficulties
- Grinding teeth
- Skin irritations
- Low libido
- Anger and frustration
- Stomach problems
Many people are suffering from chronic stress and are either unaware of it because they’ve been in this state for so long that it’s their ‘normal’.
Many others will simply deny being under hyperstress which is a way for the mind to ‘keep it together’ for the sake of their job, their family and for life in general, but holding it together isn’t a long-term strategy because the knocks just get louder.
Which brings us to where 1-to-1 coaching may be able to help…
Stress Management Coach Nearby – Should I Get Local Or Online Coaching?
A search online for ‘stress management coach near me’ will bring up a host of coaches, therapists and counsellors offering their expertise to help you overcome stress.
With the help of this article, you’re now better informed and equipped to find and choose a “Stressologist” to work with.
To help you even further, here is some more information and resources for several countries around the world.
You may want to consider working with me directly.
What is a stress coach?
A stress coach is an expert who can help you to prevent, manage or treat the symptoms of stress, and your mind and body’s response to stress over the short, medium and long term.
Stress coaches help people from all walks of life to treat chronic stress, build mental and emotional resilience and feel good again.
The best stress coach to work with is one who is focused on sustainable behavior change.
Stress Management Coach USA
Whether you’re in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, LA or other major cities and would like to find an expert to work with 1-to-1, you can discuss possible coaching with Matt via online video to help you overcome stress and stay on track with your job and career.
Stress Management Coach Canada
Across Canada from Vancouver to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, finding the right expert to work with can save you months or years of pain.
Discuss your situation with Matt to potentially meet virtually to work through stress and burnout so that you can avoid a health scare, and continue on with your career aspirations.
Stress Management Coach UK
If you’re dealing with stress in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and seeking specialist help to beat stress fast, Matt offers expert stress coaching online.
Whether you’re living or working in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton / Portsmouth, Liverpool or in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast or Dublin, get in touch with Matt to discuss your situation and find out about the possibility of coaching.
Top stress resource sites in the UK for general information include:
NHS.uk (National Health Service)
HSE.gov.uk (Health and Safety Executive)
HSE.ie (Our Health Service Ireland)
Gov.ie (‘Minding Your Mood’)
Stress Management Coach Europe
If you’re in Europe seeking an expert stress management coach in France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and beyond, chat to Matt about potential coaching options to help you remove stress and push forward with your career.
General resource sites for stress in the EU include:
ILO.org (International Labour Organization)
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Salute.gov.it (Italian Ministry of Health)
Mental Health In The Workplace (Germany)
Business.gov.nl (Physical and Psychological Strain)
Ministry of Health Netherlands
Stress Management Coach Australia
Finding the ideal stress coach with the expertise to help you prevent, manage and treat stress and build resilience to continue moving your career in the right direction is almost as important as choosing the right job.
Whether you’re in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide or Perth, you could find a local practitioner to consult with or discuss the possibility of working with Matt online for coaching sessions.
Stress Management Coach NZ
For New Zealanders seeking expert stress coaching in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and beyond, chat with Matt about a plan to overcome stress through online sessions so you can get on top of stress and avoid burnout.
Stress Management Coach in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong
Working in a foreign country can bring a whole new set of challenges, which is why an expat stress coach can help as they’ve been through a similar situation that you’re currently in and can fully understand the myriad of stressors you’re under as a foreigner in a new country.
Find a local specialist or chat with an expert online such as Matt about your situation and how coaching can help keep your job and career on track.
[Common Concerns and Questions About Stress, Coaching and Getting Past Stress… So You Can Start Feeling Normal Again]
What are the effects of stress on the body?
The effects of stress on the body can differ for everyone but common effects include acne, nausea, digestive problems, skin problems, headaches, and muscle aches and pains.
The endocrine system releases corticosteroids in response to stress, and these stress hormones cause the body to get ready for fight or flight by increasing your heart rate and down-regulating metabolic processes (like digestion, sex drive) because they’re not required in the immediate moment.
Short term, this response is very normal, but it’s when this response is a normal state or at least a frequently reoccurring state, the effects can be extremely debilitating and lead to various health problems if left untreated.
How Wide Is Your Stress ‘Action Gap’?
The more techniques and strategies you have and implement, the faster you shorten the gap between suffering and healing.
Is it worth hiring a stress coach?
Deciding where it’s worth hiring a coach really depends on your stress levels, emotional strain and the impact stress is having on your ability to work, to focus and to meet the expectation and demands of your job or life.
Ultimately, if stress is costing you time, money and impacting your mental, emotional or physical health, the cost of a stress coach is likely to be less than the cost of the above mentioned factors.
If your stress is coming from your occupation, hiring a job stress guru can be an effective way to shortcut the pain process and help you keep your job and career on track.
What makes a coach so good at being able to help me?
The number one benefit of having a stress and resilience coach is that they can see problems in you and in your life that you are ‘emotionally blind’ to.
A coach isn’t emotionally attached to your problems or your stress and can therefore more easily see your triggers and ‘gaps’ in your thinking and behavior.
Every thought you think passes through multiple mental and emotional filters within your mind.
Those emotions can include:
- lack of self-worth
- lack of self-love
- childhood traumas (large and small)
- the need to feel significant/important/wanted/needed
(Yes, ALL these are happening at the subconscious level)
- your hard-wired need for human connection
- your need to achieve
- your desire for status
- your desire to grow and improve
- your desire for love, connection and giving
… it’s no wonder we can’t think clearly!
Then there’s the thought-filters too:
- What will other people think?
- Why isn’t God helping me with this?
- This is all happening because of ‘x’
The human mind is one of the most complex ‘things’ in the universe and no one gave us an owner’s manual.
There’s MORE to it than just ‘stress’.
Mental health and well-being in the modern world seem to be almost a luxury, which is strange given that our standard of living globally is better than it ever was in the history of humankind.
But an idle mind or a stressed mind can be a dangerous thing…
to someone who doesn’t know how it works.
A stress and mental health coach can help you understand yourself at a deeper level…
- what’s driving you
- what’s causing you pain
- what behaviors are connected to what thoughts
- how your childhood is affecting you in adulthood
- what unconscious patterns are running without you even realizing
Stress coaching services can help you:
- Strengthen your mind by helping you improve your thoughts
- Improve how you process thoughts in all areas of life
- Build greater self-awareness so that you can make more clear, rational decisions
As well as…
- Avoid over-stress and the emotional and impulsive decisions that give you short term satisfaction
(but lead to pain in the medium to long term)
- Strengthen your body through physical exercises
- Become stress-proof so that the many stressors coming at you each day fall off you like water of a duck’s back
What’s the difference between a stress coach and a counselor or therapist?
A counselor usually has a certificate in the area of counselling, social work, mental health or healthcare in general.
A therapist is degree-qualified, while a coach could be any of these but is more likely to be a stress-survivor, having overcome stress without formal knowledge or training in stress management.
Do stress coaches guarantee the privacy and confidentiality of their clients?
A world-class stress coach has their client’s interests in mind at all times. Privacy and confidentiality are a given for an expert coach.
Before you hire a stress coach, make sure you sign a privacy and confidentiality statement ensuring your privacy and confidentiality are assured.
Where would I meet with my stress coach?
In most cases, you will meet online or via a video or audio chat. An effective coach can work from anywhere and any medium and still give you the techniques, strategies, activities and exercises that can help you treat and overcome stress.
What if I want to end my stress coaching engagement?
An authentic stress coach won’t have any agreements in place because the effectiveness of their services won’t require any contracts or agreements to be signed (aside from a disclaimer, privacy/confidentiality and client consent forms).
They live by their results, plain and simple and therefore ending your coaching engagement will be as simple as sending an email.
What stress coaching is not
Stress coaching isn’t an opportunity to moan or complain about your situation, your boss or your co-workers.
Stress coaching is a positive environment where venting is allowed in order to help release stress, provided it’s followed by positive and proactive implementation of solutions.
The purpose of stress coaching is to move forward, not to stay stuck in the past or even the present.
Who does a stress coach work with?
An expert stress coach works with a wide range of people, from employees to executives to entrepreneurs, athletes and leaders.
Their skills should be versatile enough to be able to communicate and work with people at all levels and help them achieve the results they’re seeking, namely, greater resilience through the knowledge of and implementation of effective anti-stress techniques, strategies and exercises.
Here’s an outline of various professions and how a stress management specialist works with each to overcome challenges and build resilience…
Stress Management for Executives
An executive stress coach works with CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, COOs and executives at all levels of corporate organizations who are in high responsibility, high stress, high income jobs.
With high pressure jobs comes not just greater responsibility but also greater self-expectations, which can add to existing stress.
Knowing effective stress prevention techniques for work can help executives to avoid stress by building a resilient mind and body and minimize the demands of a high pressure position.
Stress Management for Managers
A stress coach for managers is important to ensure Managers are able to lead their team(s) effectively while creating a positive work environment to ensure staff stress levels are minimized.
A true stress management guru will be an expert in personality types and be able to work more effectively with each personality type to ensure the client feels heard, understood and valued.
A manager that has a toolbelt of stress-reduction techniques can then educate and share these with their staff members so that the entire department is working more cohesively, calmly and able to perform more effectively in their roles.
Stress Management for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
An entrepreneur stress coach for company Presidents or Directors can be an invaluable part of your team, just like other specialists you surround yourself with to allow you to focus on more high-level tasks.
Running your own company is probably one of the most difficult positions to be in because you can’t always just unplug from the business.
Vacations and time off need to be planned to ensure you have someone you can trust running the business while you’re away.
Having a trusted advisor to talk to about mental and emotional challenges and their potential effects on your business can be empowering in itself, let alone learning invaluable techniques to relieve stress or prevent it from even coming up.
A business stress coach will guide you in having control of your mind, body and emotions to enable you to perform at a high level without experiencing the negative effects of long hours, a demanding schedule or high pressure and demands coming at you from all angles.
Business stress coaching is an investment in the long term success of your business because a business is always a reflection of the person or people who run it.
Stress Management for Employees
Employees from all walks of life experience stress and its debilitating effects which is why a coach, mentor, group or network can provide positive support in times of need and ideally, ahead of time.
High stress professionals such as Doctors, Physicians, Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Nurses, Financial Managers, Pilots, Lawyers / Attorneys, IT Managers, Academics, Teachers and Sales Managers experiencing stress and work-related anxiety may find comfort in getting advice from a specialist, just as people turn to them for specialist help.
If you ignore stress, thereby neglecting your mental, physical and emotional health, the worst case scenario is that it can ultimately lead to death.
Professions with fixed or set working hours and/or a set work location (especially indoors) are often the highest stressed because the feeling of being ‘stuck’ is ever-present.
If 1-on-1 stress coaching isn’t financially viable, consider joining a stress support network to access a social support system to share your challenges and experiences and get help, guidance, tools and techniques to beat stress.
Stress Management for Organizations
A workplace stress coach guides organizations and employees through in-house stress management training, virtual presentations and weekly or monthly online training.
A corporate stress coach can instruct your entire team on the dangers of stress, long term effects of stress and also introduce your team to games and exercises that promote a stress-free work environment.
High Income Earners:
High income, high-pressure occupations are particularly susceptible to stress.
Here are some examples of professionals that may suffer higher than normal stress levels…
Stress Management for Stock Brokers
Stock brokers experience trading stress knowing that the decision they’re about to make can have a significant impact in the positive or the negative.
We all have different comfort levels and pain thresholds in various situations and getting these under control at the right moment can make a huge different to your peace of mind as you work.
A stock broker stress coach can help you navigate difficult situations as well as teach you effective stress prevention strategies that shift your feelings from nervousness and anxiety to peace and calm, allowing you to make rational decisions on trades.
Stress Management for Investment Bankers
Huge financial decisions and risk taking are by their very nature stressful, and when these are repeated on a daily basis it’s a cocktail for stress and burnout.
A stress coach for investment bankers can help by discussing smart lifestyle choices that on the surface may go against industry standard, but allow an investment banker to survive and thrive over the long term and reap the significant financial benefits such a job offers.
Remaining calm when making important financial decisions will help you achieve optimum performance and maintain it week to week.
Stress Management for Hedge Fund Managers
Running a hedge fund comes with huge financial responsibilities and high expectations from investors, which is why a stress coach for hedge fund managers can be an invaluable part of your team to allow you to handle the stress and responsibility that you face each day.
Knowing specific techniques and strategies to prevent stress or dissolve it within minutes can be a powerful tool to help you not just survive, but thrive in a high pressure environment.
Stress Management for Athletes
Athletes by profession have one part of the de-stress equation already handled which is regular exercise, known for its stress-busting benefits.
However, stress can take over your mind if you don’t know how to effectively manage your thoughts and emotions.
Before long you’ve got a storm going on in your brain and it can feel impossible to know how to stop it.
Reaching for one or more substances such as alcohol is a downward spiral that can have devastating flow-on-effects in athletic performance.
An athlete stress coach can help you to notice, manage and dissolve stress and anxiety thoughts and feelings by showing you effective techniques you can implement yourself, anytime, anywhere.
How can I pay for stress coaching?
You can pay for stress coaching via paypal, credit card or direct bank transfer. Each coach will have their own process so it’s best to refer to their website for more details.
What skills should a stress management coach have?
A top stress coach will have many skills and strengths in order to effectively coach and guide their clients to achieve greater mental, somatic and emotional health.
Some of these skills and expertise could include:
- A background that includes real-world experience of suffering and overcoming stress and burnout
- A wide range of natural techniques, strategies, activities and exercises to prevent, manage and treat stress
- Expertise in emotional-cognitive control
- Compassion, sensitivity, understanding and good listening skills
- Excellent verbal communication skills and appreciative inquiry experience
- A strong ability to build rapport, engagement and trust with the client as part of a successful working relationship
- An ability to dissolve any ambivalence towards work and stress
As well as…
- An ability to illicit the client’s internal motivating factors to facilitate change in their work habits and lifestyle in general
- An expert in guiding the agenda and goal setting to ensure a clear path is set and followed during coaching sessions
- Highly analytical to ascertain the underlying patterns that could be causing or supporting stress
This is a big one…
- A deep understanding of personality types in order to both understand their client as well as prescribe the best techniques, strategies, activities and exercises in a way that support that particular client’s personality type
Expert knowledge including…
- A deep understanding of the human mind, the subconscious mind as well as the physical brain, it’s structure, how thoughts and emotions are processed
- In-depth knowledge of nutrition and how diet relates to stress, burnout and anxiety
- In-depth knowledge of the different types of physical exercise and how each plays a role in preventing, managing and treating stress
- Knowledge of human biology and the physiology of stress, how it affects the mind and body
- Expertise in pattern recognition in order to understand their client’s drivers, beliefs, values and hierarchy of needs
- An expert in human behavior and inherent brain wiring that drives us as a species
What therapies will a stress coach use with me?
The therapies a stress and anxiety expert will do together with you will depend on the coach’s training and/or personal experiences.
If a coach or therapist is trained only in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for example, then they will likely only use CBT.
A coach who is either trained or believes in the effectiveness of mindfulness will coach you in various mindfulness exercises for stress-reduction.
These will involve exploring, noticing and adjusting your thoughts, feelings, actions and general behavior patterns in a non-judgemental and non-critical way through self-awareness.
If the coach is a DIY stress survivor then they’ll likely work collaboratively with you in a more flexible yet structured way by implementing multiple techniques, strategies and exercises together with you then gaining feedback from you session to session.
These therapies may be more main-stream/conventional or they may use alternative healing modalities that seek to balance the body and mind holistically, using complementary or integrative methods.
Different coaches may use secular and non-secular approaches to overcoming stress depending on the coach’s and client’s belief system.
Depending on their training and qualifications, a stress and burnout expert will likely have a preference for scientific, evidence-based approaches to treating stress.
Others will have a preference for wisdom-based approaches potentially involving ancient Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Buddhist or Celtic healing traditions.
Ideally, a coach will have knowledge of all approaches to healing.
This enables them to work with you directly using one or more healing methodologies they’re trained or qualified in, as well as potentially referring you to other experts within their health network if they believe it’s required.
By analyzing your feedback, experiences and results, they can keep what’s working and discard what’s not working so that you get the best result sooner.
There are countless anti-stress techniques, treatments, therapies and healing modalities and no one coach, counselor or therapist will know every single technique or strategy.
However, the more techniques, therapies and modalities the coach knows and uses either on themselves or with their clients will obviously increase the probability of being able to help you prevent, manage or treat stress.
Here is a list of therapies for stress used by experts:
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Positive Psychology
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Talk Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- Eco Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Autogenic Training
- Group therapy
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Flotation-REST (reduced environmental stimulation therapy)
Do you work with men, women, or both?
I work with both men and women dealing with stress, burnout and anxiety.
While the male and female brain process thoughts and emotions differently; stress, burnout and anxiety all work from the same place, and an effective stress coach will work with their clients on this basis.
Whether it’s work stress or one of the hundreds of other forms of stress that we encounter and can be affected by, knowing how to prevent, manage or treat stress could be life-saving..
… because the stress epidemic as it’s been identified by the World Health Organization is the epidemic of the 21st Century.
This is why more people like you are searching for the best natural solutions from stress coaches in order to help avert or fix the many negative mental and physiological effects of stress.
After all, stress coaching should be a life-changing experience… from cultivating valuable meta-skills to learning effective techniques, strategies, activities and exercises to prevent, manage and treat stress, burnout and anxiety, coaching can put you in control of your mind, body and life.
Whether it’s for a few weeks, a few months or a few years, the benefits of coaching can have a flow on effect that gives you greater peace, calm and resilience in an ever-changing world.
To your health!
The Natural Work Stress Buster
PS. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of being coached by me directly, please refer to the form below…
(and you can find my coaching options and rates here)
PPS. Where will you be in 2 months from now if you choose to not to get coaching?
No doubt you’ll still be dreading going to work, feeling highly stressed at work and feeling exhausted or drained after work… and possibly hating life.
It doesn’t need to be that way.
I only have space for one more client currently. If you’re the 2nd person to request coaching, sorry, I’m unable to help you at this time.
If you’re serious about beating stress, you can request an initial chat using the form below.
Inquire About 1-on-1 Coaching With Matt Adams
If you’d like to arrange a chat about how stress coaching can help you overcome stress, prevent burnout and become more resilient, request a phone or video chat by entering your details in the form below…