Since our previous newsletter, we have been looking at HSE statistics for work related stress, depression and anxiety. It’s incredible to note the prevalence of the issue throughout our society.
The HSE provided its own definition of work-related stress as being a ‘harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.’
The total number of cases reported in either of these three categories was a staggering 828,000 in the years 2019 to 2020 (estimates from the Labour Force Survey).
In its report, the HSE went on to explain that the total amount of lost time caused by stress was around 18 million days (this equates to approximately three weeks per individual affected by the condition).
Incredibly, the report found more than half of all work-related ill health cases had stress as an underlying cause.
So, how can we help? Firstly, we provide that all important ‘safe space’ when someone comes to see us.
Letting them know that this is their time, where they can enjoy a quiet cup of tea before going on to develop positive thought patterns, is a crucial step on the road to recovery.
Allowing the client to ‘anchor’ themselves to a set appointment each week so they can focus on knowing they have a regular time put aside for relaxation is important in assisting them to recover from a stressful episode.
Reminding them about the importance of neuroplasticity also allows us to focus on how each meeting helps in achieving forward momentum.
Encouraging someone to listen to the relaxation CD between sessions allows them to continue to empty their ‘stress bucket’ levels so they can begin to feel more relaxed.
And, of course, working through the Miracle Question with a client creates all important small changes in direction, which, ultimately, can see a massive positive shift in their future course.
Remembering the importance of language patterns, mirror neurons and rapport is crucial. These can be the vital ingredients which may make all the difference for an individual seeking our help.
In short, the therapeutic alliance allows us to create a real sense of teamwork which leads to success for the client!
As you may be aware, the government has recently announced the introduction of ‘Plan B’ measures to try to reduce infection rates caused by Covid 19.
The ‘work from home’ message will see many NBH members returning to an online platform to consult with clients.
It’s a timely reminder to ensure that you have a suitable (and professional) backdrop for any remote meetings.
It’s recommendable to check the client’s phone is working at the start of the session. Afterall, it can provide reassurance to know that you can always phone them at the end of the trance part of the appointment.
Looking ahead, we would recommend you keep in close liaison with your practice managers, and insurers, prior to any return to face-to-face work.
And finally, Christmas is rapidly approaching. So, it’s not just a good time to unwrap the tinsel, but also a prime moment to start to think about taking a bit of a breather.
The past 18 months have taken a hefty toll on a lot of people and our members have certainly helped a lot of people who’ve been suffering adversely from the stress of the ongoing pandemic.
‘Practising what we preach’ and building in time for ourselves is crucial so we can return to our practices at the start of 2022 feeling fresh and relaxed.
Afterall, our calmness can make all the difference for someone struggling with dealing with the fallout from the lockdowns and its effect on their livelihoods.
It’s important to perhaps plan things which help us to relax. And that can be everything from going for a walk through to jigsaw puzzles and spending time with loved ones. We hope you have a pleasant and relaxing break during the festive period.