Our workshops help each individual understand the stress response. We can then identify techniques to individualise their own response to stress and to develop healthy, positive tools to improve their emotional resilience
“I loved this workshop, could have listened to Heather speak all day. Took lots of good things away from this.”
Control Officer, London Fire Brigade
“This was a fascinating, insightful and well thought out session. It was engaging and well delivered. I would recommend this to anyone in the service.”
Associate Partner People, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
“Really professionally delivered session. Some great ideas, understanding and interaction from fellow attendees which really enhanced the detail in the session.”
HR Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
“Very informative and interesting. I have taken away some useful information to help me recognise and manage my stress. I also recognised new things about myself and how I manage my stress. A very well produced and delivered session delivered in a professional yet very understandable way – brilliant, I enjoyed this course. Thank you.”
District Administrator. West Yorkshire Fire Service Leeds District
“Excellent session, very informative and interesting. I learnt a lot about myself in terms of wellbeing and being able to maintain and protect my wellbeing. Also, raised awareness of recognising stress symptoms in others.”
Assistant Chief. Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue
“Extremely useful session. Enjoyed learning about physiological responses and how to take care of myself better. Would love the opportunity to complete a full day’s session. All information given was well presented and well explained. Loved the ending; ‘This too shall pass’. Very inspiring and thought provoking. Thank you”
Youth Officer. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
“Excellent course/workshop. Learnt a lot about Stress and how I can use it in my everyday life also being able to identify Stress in other people. Enjoyed the God simple breathing exercise to do easily at work and home.”
HR Advisor. TWFRS
“An excellent session on the physical effects that Stress can cause. Very informative but in an easy to understand way. Will definitely take back the information that I have learnt and use in a productive way. Would love to find out more!”
Administrator, West Midlands Fire Service
“Really great workshop – very well explained and great background knowledge. Excellent resources brochure to take away.
Mentioning of points that are often overlooked was good.”
Firefighter, West Sussex - Chichester
“What a fantastic workshop. I feel I am better placed to recognise the signs of stress in myself and others.
But more importantly, I have the means to do something about it. The tools to cope.”
Administrator Technical Fire and Safety, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
“Really interesting. A better understanding of what is happening to my body and its response. Thank you.”
Firefighter (Control) Bedfordshire FRS
“Prior to the workshop I really didn’t know what to expect, but the workshop exceeded my expectations. I feel it is the sort of workshop everyone should take part in. Delivery was great and extremely informative and relatable. I feel I have learnt so much.”
Station Manager (Control) Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
“Excellent session – really interesting. Put simply and very effective. Easy to use advice. Would love to learn more.”
“Very, very interesting. I have taken away the need for self-care.
Embracing downtime and being aware of your body and what it is telling you is new to me.”
Home Safety Advisor, Bedfordshire
“Heather came to speak to a group of our early stage start-ups about how stress can impact your health and business growth. Heather’s warm approach enabled each person to feel at ease and share their own individual experiences. During the session, we learnt about the scientific principles of stress in handy bitesize chunks. Heather is a talented communicator and certainly knows her stuff!“
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“I found the session extremely helpful. I have a high-pressure career dealing with several external factors that are not easily controlled. Understanding stress from a physiological perspective has helped me feel less stressed, while allowing my body to assist me in achieving results. I would thoroughly recommend this course.”
Senior Associate, True Search
“We all think we know about stress, because everyone everywhere is living with it to a greater or lesser extent. But what do you do to cope with it? Whether you work on your own, or employ others, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how to handle stress in yourself and your staff.”
Membership Advisor for the Federation of Small Businesses - Oxfordshire
Stress management is good management.
Managing and developing a person’s improved emotional resilience requires a human approach. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ is different for everyone, requiring a range of verbal, auditory, visual and kinesthetic methods to understand and integrate the learning experience.
Stress is not an illness – it is a state. While there are times we need to rise to the occasion to push though challenges, there has to be a downtime. Constant stress is like a dripping tap that over time can burst and the results can be devastating.
The What is Stress Programme
Our workshops are designed to be engaging and interactive – not a powerpoint lecture. We take into account different learning styles, and the emotional needs of people who may be feeling well or who may already be highly stressed. We also take care to understand the business context and adapt our sessions accordingly.
How behaviours such as multi-tasking, mood triggers, and time management increase stress. Explore how reducing reactions to stressful situations can be achieved.
Develop skills to minimise stress using perspective evaluation and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural approaches to build an emotional resilience toolkit.
Understand how lifestyle changes enable increased resilience to self manage stress. Step by step explore how different approaches to self care are effective.
1:1 support to manage individual stress reactions and how to reduce chronic exposure to stress. Explore life around the workplace with mechanisms to help.
The programme offers a neutral intervention between employee and employer to prevent potential job-related issues escalating. Mutual understanding of what stress is for both parties can improve communication to build a relationship of trust.
Independent confidential coaching
The complete programme of talks is underpinned with a series of six weekly 1:1 sessions (more if required) either within the workplace or at a convenient location nearby. It is vital to state that the nature of this individual support is completely confidential and care is taken to agree how this part of the process is offered.
Talking about stress with work colleagues may trigger experiences within a person that are better suited to a confidential 1:1 process. Employees may need a support system to resolve personal, individual issues that they do not want to bring to HR. How the individual feels and their response to a situation is highly personal. Confidential coaching that is independent but supported by the organisation further demonstrates a positive proactive approach to an employees overall well-being.