How can executive coaching reduce your stress? An experienced, credentialed coach like Rosia Bay can help you:
Better understand the stress response. When you face a threat, stress hormones flood your system, producing a reaction known as the “fight-or-flight” response. Your brain identifies the danger and then sounds the alarm, preparing your body to either stand and face the threat or seek an escape. Being able to quickly identify these physical and mental reactions is the first step toward learning how to manage your stress.
Identify your stress triggers. Part of controlling your stress involves becoming more aware of the situations, events and people that set off your stress response. Through the executive coaching process, you can learn when and why you’re triggered, as well as how to minimise or eliminate the triggering perspectives. In addition, coaching will help you ascertain how your own leadership style influences workplace interactions and how to address the aspects of your management approach that are contributing to stress.
Learn how to better manage your thoughts, moods and energy. Your thoughts and moods have a profound impact on your day-to-day performance, energy level and results — and most people spend the majority of their day stuck in energy-depleting states of stress, frustration and overwhelm, often needlessly. A great coach can help you understand how you’re creating those unproductive states, as well as how to unleash the energy reserves that we all have within us by gaining greater self-awareness and shifting critical conversations.
Learn stress management techniques. Executive coaching can teach you how to most effectively calm your brain and body, thereby allowing you to view things from a wider perspective. These techniques include focused breathing, visualisation and mindfulness meditation. In a study by UCLA researchers, people who practice mindfulness for just five minutes each day over a three-week period experienced a significant reduction in stress. They also experienced increases in life satisfaction, mastery of their environment and positive relations with others.
Create long-term, systemic change. By increasing your self-awareness and practising these techniques, you will be forging neurological shifts in your brain, leading to new responses to circumstances, conversations, conflict and your environment; improved personal and professional performance; and an increased capacity to change.