Professional Training in Stress Management
- Apply strategies to yourself, as well as using them to help others.
- The course requires the completion of SIX 100 hour modules.
- There are three CORE modules of - Personal Energy Management, Stress Management and Life Coaching.
- You then choose three ELECTIVE modules from a range of psychology, fitness, nutrition and health courses.
In this course we deal with physical problems related to stress, how to
achieve easy living, dealing with drugs, developing self esteem,
relaxation, diet and much more.
Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Stress Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Understanding the Causes of Stress
The first step toward managing stress in an individual, is to recognise what is causing it.
If stress isn't recognised and dealt with, there will be a risk of deterioration in mental (and, likely, physical) health.
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
How we live, work, our friends and family and how we relax can have a big impact on our mental health.
- Where we live - For example, if we live in a stressful environment, this can affect our levels of stress, for example, a poor area, high crime rates, problems with neighbours etc.
- Where we work - A person may enjoy their work, but if they feel under pressure, or they do not enjoy their job, or they cannot find a job or keep a job, this can affect their mental well being.
Problems in communities such as unemployment, underemployment, poverty, migration, and so forth have been linked to mental disorders. Also, social class or socioeconomic status is known to play a role. Insecure education, occupation, economic and social position is also a possible factor.
- How we relax - How a person relaxes can affect how much stress they feel. They may not have a place they find relaxing or the time to relax.
- Maltreatment - Maltreatment during childhood and adulthood, such as sexual, mental, physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, bullying and so on has been linked to the development of mental disorders, but it is thought to be due to the complex interaction between family, society and biological factors.
- Negative Life Events – These have been linked to a range of disorders, such as anxiety disorders and mood disorders, but the main risk seems to be due to cumulative complications over time, but sometimes a single major trauma can lead t mental disorder, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Family and Friends - Relationship factors have been linked to the development of mental disorders. There is much debate on how important family, friends, peer group, home environment, work and school are. Other issues such as parental depression, parenting skills and other problems, such as parental divorce, social privation and so on can be implicated.
Physical factors are those that are biological.
A person may inherit a gene that can put them at more risk of mental illness. Twin and adoption studies have found that genetics do play a part in mental disorders. For example, they study two twins and see if there is a similar level of mental illness. Or they might look at children who have been adopted.
For example, Child 1 is born into a family with a parent who has schizophrenia. Child 1 is then adopted by a family with no history of schizophrenia. So there is no environmental factor. If Child 1 then develops schizophrenia, we would think that there was a strong genetic link.
But if Child 2 was born into a family with no history of schizophrenia, but adopted by a family with a parent with schizophrenia, if the child then developed schizophrenia, we would think that there was a strong environmental link. Twin and adoption studies have found a genetic link to schizophrenia, but they have also found social factors can influence this.
They may suffer a head injury. Higher rates of substance abuse disorders, and mood and psychotic disorders have been found following a traumatic brain injury. This has been linked though to pre-existing mental health conditions and also effects of the injury and factors relating to their personality.
Factors in Pregnancy
There may be factors that arose when their mother was pregnant including maternal exposure to serious stress or trauma, birth complications, infections, famine, gestational exposure to cocaine, alcohol, etc. Exposure to some chemicals during pregnancy has also been linked to mental illness.
Some psychiatric disorders have been linked to pathogens. The research has mainly been via animal studies, but there has been some inconsistent human evidence. There have been some inconsistent findings of the link between Toxoplasma gondii and schizophrenia, but the link is unclear.
Poor General Health
Poor general health has been found in some adults with severe mental illnesses. It is not known whether there is a direct or indirect link, but factors such as exercise levels, medication, socioeconomic factors, poor health care provision, bad diet, and so on have been linked. Some vitamin and mineral deficiencies have also been related to mental health.
Our mental and emotional state can influence us. For example, traumatic experiences in the present or past can affect us. Significant life events and other factors can also influence our mental health.
Study the Certificate in Stress Management
Gain a detailed insight into what stress is, the symptoms and signs of stress and how to relieve stress in yourself and others.
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