Managing Stress in Stressful Times

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The Rural Albert Business Centre (RABC) is hosting a Stress Management Workshop, in conjunction with the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce and the St. Paul Community Learning. Facilitator, Kathryn Hotte explains some people may not even realize how their life is impacted by stress.

Hotte gives some stats on stress, “45 percent of adults experience the negative affects of stress. 75-90 of doctor visits are stress related. Stress contributes to the six leading causes of death; indirectly.” An example would be high blood pressure. “Stress management is really about how we’re handing stress. Life is stressful, we’re not going to eliminate it, but it’s about finding ways to cope with it.”

In the course each participant will be asked to complete a stress assessment, says Hotte, “it’s funny, because when we do the self-assessment, it gives you a score at the end.” The assessment is like a stress inventory, going through stressful events that may have happened in the last year; for example, a wedding or moving. “It’s always interesting, some of the scores are pretty high [and the people were unaware] of those impacts.”

The assessment launches into the workshop, explains Hotte, “now that we know you are stressed, what are some of the ways that we can help manage it. As well as, what are some of the stress indicators, both internal and external, to help manage stress.”

“As a business owner, or if you’re in the workforce, you wear so many hats. You’re always [considering] which hat am I wearing today? and at which time of the day? depending on the moment.” For many people it’s that jump between “hats” that causes stress in their lives, explains Hotte, “stress is a big thing for a lot of small business owners.” As a small business advisor at the RABC, Hotte sees her share of entrepreneurs and has watched as stress has impact them, their families and ultimately their business. It’s the ability to manage that stress that’ll help your business succeed, she says.

“One of the major factors in stress is the disconnect between where we are and where we should be,” Hotte explains, “we always try to get to the way we should be and that’s where a lot of our stress comes from.” A lot of what the course is focused on is changing your thinking, changing your behaviour and changing your lifestyle, says Hotte.

The course will be held at the Portage College building in St. Paul on Wednesday, November 8th from 9:00 -11:00 am. The course is $20 pre-register, you can sign up by calling 780-614-6346.