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Guest Blog. Balancing Worklife Stress

09/04/2024 - News

Helen Goddard Nickolls fitness and wellbeing coachAs a dedicated fitness professional and movement coach with a proven career in the realm of wellness, I understand the intricate challenges encountered by those committed to shaping tranquil green environments. 

We can all easily become stressed, and it can be for many different reasons. Ultimately, simply put, it is:  When demand exceeds our capacity to rationally respond, physically or mentally, to the demands placed upon us at that time.  

From the physical strains, such as back and knee ailments prevalent among seasoned landscapers, to the intricate dance of managing a business amidst economic uncertainty, the burdens can be weighty.   

Just as we tailor fitness programs to meet individual needs, so too must we cultivate resilient strategies tailored to the unique stressors of our industry. By nurturing our mental health, fostering supportive work environments, and embracing strategies to navigate external pressures, we can cultivate green spaces not just for others, but also for our own inner peace. Our considered mental response to situations can then also dictate our physical reactions, i.e. give ourselves time to consider our responses.

Ask anyone about the best way to handle stress, and you'll likely hear familiar advice: exercise more, avoid caffeine, watch a funny movie, practice mindfulness, get plenty of rest—the list goes on. And while these self-care practices can be undeniably beneficial, there's a crucial aspect of stress management that often goes overlooked: our attitude and understanding towards stress itself.

When the usual remedies aren't enough and stress begins to feel overwhelming, it's time to shift our perspective. Rather than viewing stress as something to be avoided or eliminated, what if we embraced it instead? Scientific studies highlight the importance of our mindset in stress relief, suggesting that our attitude towards stress can significantly impact our overall well-being.

That's where my new course, 'Transforming Stress into Good Stress: How to Change Your Mindset to Embrace Stress in Your Life,' comes in. By reframing our relationship with stress and learning how to harness its potential for growth and resilience, we can transform our experience of stress from debilitating to empowering, to a short-term fix, to a lifelong beneficial subconscious habit, response.

Contact me for more details.