There is good stress and bad stress. Good stress releases adrenalin and doesn't necessarily impact on health negatively. Bad stress creates the problem and we secrete this 90% of our day.
Time Urgency and Perfectionism (TUPS) Stress can be managed as an individual, as a couple, in a group or in a corporate setting. The TUPS course consists of a blended learning approach with ten-weekly sessions. Different individuals have different learning styles and this course accommodates all those. Each session consists of a classroom hour, an on-line portal with a detailed video of the session, readings on the topic and five minute daily exercises with daily motivational video clips. The sessions consist of ten goals, each with an objective, specific knowledge, and skills with which to apply this knowledge to your life – including home, interpersonal relationships and work. One is required to perform certain homework tasks daily to ensure that one is practically applying the knowledge that you acquired during each session. Research has shown that those skills that look easy are in fact the most difficult to acquire and master. They require some effort. The course consists of in-depth psychometric testing, to be completed online along with a detailed report pre- the programme and following the programme. A food diary is provided to ensure healthy eating as well as a nutrient report providing possible nutrients to take to manage your physical symptoms.
We have presented internationally, written various articles and written a book which is available on-line as an e-book. Groundbreaking research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology has provided health-care practitioners with specific knowledge of how stress can be understood. This research shows how stress not only effects your health but also how to change it in such a specific way that you can permanently rid yourself of this problem. One needs a skills-based programme that can empower the employee to become resilient, self-regulating and self-correcting. Especially in this Time Urgent Perfectionistic Society. Sky news reports some people are finding solace in telehealth services, as these are accessible and more affordable. Cognitive behavioural therapy, reprogramming one’s thinking, interpersonal therapy, narrative therapy, relaxation tools and person-centered therapies are amongst the fore leaders in empowering these individuals with practical skills. The TUPS programme takes all these fields of therapies into account, and combines various mediums to instill life-changing coping skills. We need you to firstly understand that this is not a course in stress management as you have no doubt heard about or even participated in. Traditional stress management courses refer to generalized techniques that people may use to feel less tense for short periods of time and be motivated by goals that are widely accepted to be indicators of psychological well-being and health. The stress that this course will manage is a highly specific, scientifically determined style of behaviour that has been directly shown to adversely affect your mental and physical health. People often doubt the ability of specific skills and techniques of stress management to have a strong enough effect on their physical health. This is the unfortunate consequence of the general stress management courses which do not have the specificity and power of the TUPS course. This course is highly individualized. This means that each individual, although applying the same techniques to managing their stress, will work on their own specific stress contexts or hooks. We do not want to eradicate all stress. You need a certain amount of ‘good’ stress in order to motivate your behaviour and to function optimally at work. But too much stress is harmful. Realistic stress is unavoidable. It is usually externally induced and novel, implying a healthy response to a stressful context. It is the learned stress or habit- forming nature of time urgency perfectionism stress (TUPS) which we address in this course. Time urgency perfectionism stress is a habit-forming stress. It is a form of stress that you personally add to whatever you do in the workplace, at home and even on vacations. It is a method of injecting your own time urgency and perfectionism into a situation which makes it appear even more stressful or overwhelming than it would otherwise be. It is about having a full diary and being obsessed with being productive. It is being impatient when there is no urgency required. We try to solve problems with our heads instead of seeing the change as a holistic full body experience. It is the nature of society, that can only be avoided by living in a cave; but can be successfully managed without compromising efficacy, self-awareness or personality. The severity of the effects of TUPS is unfortunately caused by two important issues. The first is that we are usually not even aware that we are suffering from this form of stress, until it has already had a negative impact on our health or personal functioning and relationships. The second issue is that this form of stress-inducing behaviour is so often associated with what we call success or high-level functioning. The reason is because most people suffering from this stress do in fact achieve in their lives. But it is not because of TUPS, it is in spite of it. Those people would have achieved even better had they not suffered from this stress. Time urgency perfectionistic behaviour in effect is only a smoke screen of success. Most successful people who show this kind of behaviour in their achievement soon burn out, become sick and drop out of the competitive arena. For them, the knowledge of the debilitating effects of this stress often comes too late. It is not too late for you.
This improves pregnancy rates, improves work output and overall coping skills. This is done in a concrete, practical manner supported by an application and on-line support.
Burnout became a term casually used over the years to describe when one felt physically and emotionally run down. Some might have dismissed this as millennial jargon but is has been officially added to the WHO international classification of diseases, meaning it has fast become a globally recognized medical condition as of 2020. Then Covid happened, with the background music of burnout. Prior to the pandemic, cases of burnout were increasing at an alarming rate, and the new classification brought attention to workplace stress. High stress professionals were burning out twice as fast as the average American worker, and the US was paying billions of dollars as a result and leaving the healthcare system with strain. The UK also reported that 12,5 million workdays were lost as a result of burnout from 2016 to 2017. Physical and emotional fatigue preys on workers causing intense and chronic stress. As their job gradually invades their home and social life, their mental state is also affected, putting strain on an already overwhelmed heath care system. Since lockdown, people have presented with anxiety, depression, insomnia, uncertainty and none of the usual familial or social support; and the world predicts a pandemic of people traumatized and presenting with post-traumatic stress into the future; and even higher levels of burnout with the very real threat of contracting the virus ourselves and perhaps infecting our loved ones. Many people are working from home, juggling household chores and home-schooling. Working remotely has even made things more challenging as it has exacerbated the reality that we live in a fast-paced society with access to digital means and virtual meetings, resulting in digital fatigue. Even the most resilient employees are presenting with depleted emotional resources and feeling compassion fatigue as they face uncertainty about their loved one’s health, economic uncertainty and managing work. The first hard lockdown was unpredictable, unprecedented and completely out of everyone’s control. It started with a 21- day sprint, to a marathon with no end in sight. The change was abrupt, and no doubt brought challenges in adjustment. Adjustments that we never anticipated, causing distress, with no support. Our brains are hyper alert to a potential new risk ahead of us. We have to keep in mind that businesses have suffered, and budget cuts have happened. Many businesses have had to tighten their spend, and tension may be heightened at work with tempers flaring. Some people need more time to adjust and some people have changed over the pandemic, leading to unfamiliar dynamics at work. Due to the fact that we live in this Time Urgent Perfectionist Society, one is trying to keep one’s head above water and familiar coping skills are not sufficing.