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Facts and Figures on Stress
According to the International Stress Management Association UK (ISMA UK) stress is an adverse response to what an individual perceives as too much pressure.  This means that stress is not good for you.  Stress is an unhealthy state of body or mind or both.
For many years, people have referred to the Flight of Fight response as the stress response but Fight/Flight is a one off reaction to a perceived challenge or pressure and is not necessarily bad for the individual.  It is good to be alerted to possible threats and to prepare to take avoiding action.
However, continually being in this state means that the body chemicals associated with Flight/Fight are then continually being stimulated and the result is ill health of one type or another.  This is stress.
There is no real data in Cyprus with regard to the cost of stress in the work place, however in the words of the Cyprus Labour Institute (PEO-INEK), the issue of work related stress comes up more and more frequently in discussions on current affairs.

American research shows that
               - Job stress costs businesses more than $300 billion each year
               - Up to 40% of job turnover is due to workplace stress
               - Replacing the average employee today can cost as much as $13,000
               - From 50-80% of all physical disorders have stress-related origins
UK research reports that:
               - Stress and chronic ill health in the work place costs 100bn
               - Cost of sickness absence have been measured at typically 9% of payroll costs.
               - An estimated 13.5 million working days lost in 2007/8 due to work relate stress
Despite pressure to cut costs, 22% of organizations have increased their spend on employee well being, with only                      9% showing a reduction. Those who have increased their spending in 2010 have indicated that they are likely to increase
their well being spending further in 2011.
Stress Management in the Workplace - A One-Day Stress Survival Workshop
Symptoms of Stress
Pressures of daily life can be overwhelming if one doesn’t have effective stress management strategies. At high levels of stress people become more sensitive to distractions and frustration. They start taking relatively insignificant matters very seriously, being easily irritated, unfocused, and restless and finally, as stress levels rise, becoming exhausted and unable to work effectively.
Some common symptoms of stress include:
               - Anxiety or panic attacks
               - Chronic Headaches
               - Chronic Muscle or Joint Pain
               - Stomach Upset
               - Absenteeism
               - More frequent illness
               - Working longer hours and producing less
               - More accidents or mistakes on the job
               - Reduced ability to concentrate on multiple tasks
               - Forgetfulness
               - Shortness of breath
               - Depression
               - Inability to stay focused ( may even be diagnosed with ADD)
               - Fatigue
               - Mood swings- easily upset, frustrated or angered. Unable to accept constructive criticism.
               - Overall productivity is way down.

Do you find yourself or your staff having some of those symptoms? If so, NOW may be the right time to learn how to relax and discover new ways of coping with stress.
People often use unhealthy ways of coping with stress such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, misuse of drugs, overeating, escaping into TV or Internet, taking stress out on others or withdrawing from others. All of these methods, while they might bring temporary relief, cause real damage to the person’s physical, emotional, mental and social health.
Instead, there are many healthy ways of coping with stress such as relaxation techniques, physical exercise, and self management techniques such as the ability to manage and express thoughts and emotions constructively , learning to reframe problems, effective time management etc..
What does stress mean to your organization?
It has long been acknowledged that job stress plays a huge role in the employee’s performance and productivity.  How well is your organization utilizing this knowledge?
Workers who are stressed are more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less productive and less safe at work. Their organizations are less likely to be successful in the demanding and competitive market.
Stress affects organization’s bottom line by:
               - increased absenteeism (stressed employees call in sick often)
               - high turnover of staff
               - decreased commitment to work and lack of motivation
               - increased number of mistakes as stress reduces the ability to concentrate
               - lack of innovation (prolonged stress blocks the brain’s creative thinking ability)
               - internal conflicts and poor teamwork
               - decreased productivity and work performance
               - poor competitiveness in the market place
               - increased complaints from clients
               - creating both a poor external  image and poor internal image among staff
What can your organization do?
You can provide stress management tools to your employees before you need to face the consequences of burnout. Experience shows that developing stress management techniques and strategies pays of both in the short and long term.
Pressure at work is inevitable nowadays, and when a person lacks the necessary coping skill he will most likely develop stress symptoms which can damage his health and work performance.
Providing stress management training can help organizations reduce the consequences of stress dramatically and develop healthy ways of dealing with everyday work demands and build an organizational culture that fosters efficiency, effectiveness, team work, creativity and excellent customer service.
You can enhance your employees’ creativity and concentration by providing them with relaxation techniques that take as little as 2 minutes. Research published in 2005 in the Harvard Business Review shows that mental productivity is maximized through systematic transitions between stress and relaxation. Periods of intense stressful efforts are often characterized by heightened concentration and efficiency, however if we push too long stress chemicals begin to undermine mental performance. When stress is followed by a pleasant and relaxing experience, a set of chemical and structural changes in the brain helps us to experience insights to solve the problem we are working on and when we go back to the problem we are able to attain an even higher level of focus and productivity.
It is essential that managers and employees acquire tools that help them manage stress effectively and allow them to stay calm and effective even during a challenging day. Relaxation techniques that can be easily incorporated in everybody’s daily routine will result in improved psychosomatic well being and therefore better physical health improved emotional functioning and increased mental performance.
Imagine how you will feel when your staff is more energized - satisfied - committed!
In such state of body and mind they can
achieve more,
make fewer mistakes,
work more efficiently and more creatively,
provide better customer service and
work better as teams.
Imagine how it will affect the bottom line!
Imagine how it will affect the image of your company!
How can we help?
Initially we offer a One-day Stress Survival Workshop  that will provide your team with easily applicable effective stress management tools (an approach validated by extensive research and by such prestigious institutions as the Mayo Clinic & the Harvard Institute for Mind Body Medicine)

Seminar Program:
           - Welcoming and introduction
           - Understanding the stress  response
           - Definitions and  types of stress
           - Identifying physical, emotional and mental and behavioral signs of stress
           - Consequences of stress
           - Effective relaxation techniques for Stress Management and Inner State Management
            - Mind Expansion Techniques that allow us to make better use of brain potential, turning stress into creativity.         
              - Practical applications and exercises
               - Summary and closure
Everybody can learn these tools because people have a natural ability to relax and regain well being.

The seminars are conducted by Sylvia Braun in collaboration with Karolina Gladych, experts in applied psychology, coaching and innovative soft skills training; both experienced in corporate training and working with international clients and groups.
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For the past ten years Karolina has been studying various branches of psychology with special emphasis on strategies that allow people to achieve real fulfillment and meaningful success.
She started her career as a trainer in Poland where she gave seminars and workshops on stress, interpersonal communication, bulling and violence prevention, media awareness and addictions prevention to teachers, school principals, parents and local governments.

After moving to Cyprus she has been designing various soft skills courses and taught NLP, Enneagram, leadership, communication, teamwork and stress management workshops to international groups. Alongside training she offers coaching to individual clients who want to eliminate obstacles to their success and happiness and allow their potential to unfold.
Her professional qualifications include:
•M.S. in Psychology
•Certified NLP Trainer
•Certified NLP Coaching Master Practitioner
•Certified Enneagram Master
•Transactional  Analysis

Sylvia and Karolina are looking forward to working with you and assisting you in creating more of what you truly desire.

COST: 300 Euro for a full day session incl. lunch & coffee. Special rates for 2 participants                        from same company. Max. 10 people per workshop.

                                                    Please contact us for dates and details.

We also offer:
                                        - Stress Relief Retreats
                                        _ Seminars on:
                                                                                  - Effective Communication
                                                                                  - Team Building
                                                                                  - Self Leadership
                                                                                  - NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming)
                                                                                  - Enneagram in business (innovation in Cyprus!!!)
                                                                                  - Individual Coaching for enhanced work performance and creativity
During a 5 day training seminar on self leadership skills as a foundation for effective teaching and learning various self-leadership topics were discussed: practical tools for effective stress management, person's inner state and its influence on learning, effective goal setting, skills of giving and receiving feedback. The seminar was led by the two professional trainers Karolina and Sylvia, who were impressive by their good energy and ability to include all participants to training activities. Both trainers were attentive to all seminar participants and helped with arising questions. The skills and knowledge gained during the training will be useful for professional as well as personal development. The training course was funded by the European Commission's Lifelong Learning programme (grundvig In-Service Training).
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telephone enquiries: +357 99 139 722