Little Britain, ON – June 21, 2018
Hope Leads To Less Stress
Hope May Not Be A Great Business Strategy, But It Can Lead To Greater Resiliency
“Chaos, challenge and trauma can derail us from leading a full and fruitful life,” say stress and resiliency expert, Beverly Beuermann-King, however, it seems that hope can provide protection against life’s trials.
According to research out of George Mason University, out of seven different character strengths in their ability to predict resilience, hope was the most significant moderator of well-being in the face of negative life events.
If it were not for hope, the heart would break. Greek (on attitude)
Hope was defined as being more than just being optimistic about things getting better in the future. Hope involves having goals and pursuing them with flexibly, allowing for many different pathways to getting positive results. Hope in this way, can help us withstand negative life events, because when you encounter obstacles, you can just take a different path. Failure is not the end, it points to the need for a new path.
Hope is often thought of as a kind of wishfulness; something that is fleeting, passive and often desperate. In order for hope to have a serious impact on reducing stress and increasing resiliency, it must be persistent and not a fleeting thought. Hope is a way of thinking and behaving. It requires us to have the ability and the desire to exert influence in order to change our world. Optimism is the expectation that good things will happen, whereas hope is what triggers action and achievement. “Hope enables us to act; it enables us to acknowledge and dissect a situation so strategies can be found and applied in pursuit of an acceptable solution or resolution of a crisis”, author Jerome Groopman.
A report from the Mayo Clinic showed that hopeful people experience better general health, including a longer lifespan and lower rates of cardiovascular disease, as well as greater achievement, increased determination and lower rates of depression. It has been associated with higher pain tolerance and lower levels of depression in the chronically ill. Hope, acts as a protective mechanism, while hopelessness can lead to physical, psychosocial and spiritual deficits.
So, how do we boost ‘hope’?
Our personal levels of hope are influenced by those around us and how others have drawn upon hope in difficult times. By learning to set goals and by developing an emotional attachment to them, we start our journey of hope. Talking through various outcomes in achieving our goals, helps us to see that if one path doesn’t seem to be getting us where we want to go, another path may.
Support is crucial. Maintaining hope is not always easy and a crisis or the unexpected can throw us off-balance and leave us feeling hopeless. Our supporters can prompt us to rethink our goals, shift our plan of action or provide assistance.
Leaders need to be skilled at building hope in their teams by inspiring a positive vision of the future and setting realistic goals on how they are going to get there. Leaders need to get into the habit of asking three simple questions: (Lopez, 2013)
- “What do you think you should do?”
- “Can you think of more than one possibility/solution?”
- “Which solution would work best?”
These questions can inspire creative problem solving and strengthen the path of hope.
Today’s leaders inspire hope in their teams.
According to a study by Synovate, 1 out 6 of us reports being more moody and irritable when stressed and with more than three quarters of the Canadian population feeling very or extremely stressed every day or almost every day, that can lead to a lot of very grumpy people.
#Stress changes us. It impacts us physically, emotionally and mentally. It changes who we are and how we relate to those around us. Click to tweet
Celebrating Resiliency June 30, 2018
SOS To STRESS Day is not just about promoting awareness around the negative impact of stress. SOS To STRESS Day encourages everyone to evaluate their priorities and coping tools and ensure that they have the ‘right’ strategies, to handle whatever life has to offer.
“Coping with stress is simple…though not always easy. It’s about having enough tools, and the right tools, in your coping tool belt to build your resiilency,” continues Beuermann-King.
As part of her presentations to help corporations, organizations and employees, Beuermann-King developed the S-O-S Principle. “The goal of the S-O-S Principle is to have a variety of strategies that help you to deal with what is happening in your life, take care of yourself through those situations and feel supported by those around you.”
The goal of the S-O-S Principle is to have a variety of strategies that help you to deal with what is happening in your life, take care of yourself through those situations and feel supported by those around you. Click to tweet
How Can You Help?
Beverly Beuermann-King is inviting media, employers, health care organizations and associations across the country to bring awareness to the issue of guilt, coping with stress and creating balance and life satisfaction.
Spread the word! To book an interview with stress and wellness specialist, Beverly Beuermann-King, please contact Beverly at email@example.com.
Since SOS To Stress Day falls on a Saturday this year, organizations and employers can post links to on-line articles and tools, develop and disseminate educational materials and/or start a social media discussion in the week prior to SOS To Stress Day. It may be as simple as sending out a reminder that SOS To Stress Day is just before Canada Day, and encourage their employees to consciously plan to do some activities that will relax, re-energize and reconnect them to friends and family.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Increasing Hope:
- Replenish Your Energy. Hope requires energy, so remember to come up for air several times throughout the day. Energy declines after a certain period, so replenish with these 10 strategies:
stretching or exercise
nutritious food (fruit/vegetables)
a nap (20 minutes)
going outside into natural light
- Learn Something New. Learning a new skill or piece of technology forces you to explore different problem solving skills, which keeps you from becoming inflexible in your thinking.
- Look For The Win. Plan for and celebrate the small successes along your path to achieving your goals.
- Acknowledge The Obstacles That You Have Overcome. Take stock of the challenges that you have faced in the past and praise yourself for having the fortitude to overcome these potential barriers.
- Connect And Find Positive Mentors. Look for like-minded people who you can count on to pull you up or push you along.
- Plan For Something Fun During Your Down Time. Use low periods to connect with others.
- 85% of employees say work performance has been affected by work, health and personal pressures. (Canada Life)
- 18% of Canadians do not take the time to stop for a lunch break. (Angus Reid)
- Those who had high work-related stress were found to have elevated inflammatory parameters and faced twice the risk of Cardiovascular Disease than those who had low levels of work stress. (Aviva)
- Six-in-ten Canadian adults and youth feel tired most of the time. 36% said that there was not enough time to sleep. 27% said that they had too much on their mind and couldn’t relax. (Leger Health of Canadians)
- 81% of those who considered them self successful said that having a good work life balance was important to their success. (American Express)
- Stressful work can lead to a 25% increased risk of heart conditions but a healthy lifestyle, outside work mitigates this effect. (CMHA)
More Facts about sources, symptoms and coping strategies can be found at https://worksmartlivesmart.com/sos-to-stress-day
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Stress and Wellness Blog – https://worksmartlivesmart.com/blog/
- Life In Balance – https://worksmartlivesmart.com/life-in-balance-july/
- Work-Life Balance Is A Choice – https://worksmartlivesmart.com/work-life-balance-choice/
- Coping With Life – https://worksmartlivesmart.com/coping-with-life/
- Evaluate Your Life – https://worksmartlivesmart.com/evaluate-your-life-day-october/
For More Information
Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP
As one of the leading Stress Management Speakers in the country, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Beverly has spent the last 20 years training and educating more than 50,000 leaders, teams, front-line workers and volunteers using her S-O-S Principle™. Beverly’s passion is to help individuals and teams find the right strategies to effectively deal with today’s stressful challenges.
As a sought after expert, Beverly has made many television and radio media appearances and is often used as a resource on health and wellness issues. Beverly is the author of Stress Out: 52 Weeks To Letting More Life In.
To book an interview with stress and wellness specialist, Beverly Beuermann-King, please contact Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Find Out More About Beverly visit https://worksmartlivesmart.com/about-beverly/
Stress Out: 52 Weeks To Letting More Life In: https://worksmartlivesmart.com/stress-wellness-resources/stress-out-52-weeks-to-letting-more-life-in/
See Previous Presses Releases:
- 1st Annual SOS To Stress Day 2011 What Do Sleep, Sex and Sweaty Palms Have In Common?
- 2nd Annual SOS To Stress Day 2012 Is It Time To Give A Hug, Kiss Or Call Your Mom?
- 3rd Annual SOS To Stress Day 2013 It’s Time For Baby Boomers To Step Up!
- 4th Annual SOS TO Stress Day 2014 Stop Letting Guilt Stress You Out
- 5th Annual SOS To Stress Day 2015 Don’t Let Stress Change You
- 6th Annual SOS TO Stress Day 2016 Summer Stress Syndrome
- 7th Annual SOS To Stress Day 2017 Productivity Deficit Leads To More Stress
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!