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How to Reduce Stress and Work Smarter Not Harder (Part 1 of 3)


The Truth About Stress

According to The World Health Organisation “Stress is the No. 1 illness and disease of the 21st Century.” In fact, stress in the workplace is the single most important cause of stress throughout the developed world. It is the major cause of ill health, poor productivity and human error. In a recent survey of financial institutions, 64% of employers regarded excessive office stress as the principal health threat facing their companies.

Having worked with High Achieving Business Owners for many years now, I know that looking after your mind and body is crucial to the success of your business. Stress really is the barrier between what we are and what we can be. It damages your mind, body and business often without you even realising! So whether you are a Business Owner, the CEO, Director or Manager of a Company the message is clear, you must look after your health and wellbeing if you are to be the best you can be.

Why High Achievers Need the Secret Weapon

With the ever increasing demands of work and modern day living, it is a constant challenge managing our stress levels wisely both in the workplace and at home. High Achievers know this more than most because they frequently operate in ‘superhuman mode’ trying to achieve their never-ending list of challenging goals. However, there really is no need to struggle when you know about the ‘secret weapon’ that will allow you to work smarter rather than harder so you can be even more effective and productive. At Claire Rich we know just how to help you maximise your performance, wellbeing and success so you can lead the healthy, happy, fulfilling life that you deserve! But before I reveal all, more about stress… because if we are to manage it effectively, we need to recognise it in the first place.

What is Stress?

Stress is anything that makes you feel tense, anxious, worried, scared, angry, frustrated or unhappy. As a general rule, any event that significantly changes your daily routine is a potential trigger for stress. I say ‘potential’ because a lot depends on your natural inherited instincts, personality type and general attitude towards life and change. This explains why people react differently to stress.

Recognising the Signs

When normal every day events that you would usually take in your stride feel like too much of an effort (maybe a ‘disaster/crisis’) and start to get you down, then you are probably suffering from stress. Stress can be brought about by something relatively routine like the ringing of a telephone, thinking about next month’s quarterly meeting, a visit from a difficult relative, pressures of work, moving house, getting married, getting divorced, to something life threatening such as a car crash, serious illness or bereavement in the family.

Feeling physically tired, mentally drained (known as ‘burn out’) and constantly suffering from recurring minor illnesses such as headaches, stomach upsets, colds, sore throats, aches and pains, mouth ulcers etc. are all signs that you are run down and that your immune system is struggling to cope. Ignore these signs at your peril!

Why Some Stress is Good For Us

Of course, a small amount of stress is useful and good for us because it is motivating and makes life interesting. Facing up to challenges and overcoming them stops us getting bored and keeps us on our toes. For example, the adrenaline rush you have before doing a Sales Presentation at an important meeting is needed to give you the edge so you perform at your best. However, as with anything in life, it is important to have a healthy balance and too little stress is equally as damaging as too much. It can cause us to feel listless and unstimulated, so we perform slowly and inefficiently. This is why many people create mild stress in their lives to overcome periods of dull routine. However, severe or ongoing stress can have very negative effects on your health.

The Damage Stress Creates

Basically, when too much stress affects our health and well-being, it can interfere with our work, jobs, home and social lives. Prolonged periods of stress and anxiety can lead to Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression and exhaustion. The negative weakening effects of this vicious cycle can then sometimes make it more difficult to do anything about the factors causing the stress. In extreme cases, it can lead to a physical and/or emotional breakdown, serious illness and disease. So you see, as a High Achiever you really need to be taking regular preventative measures to protect your health and wellbeing, as well as that of any staff you employ if you want to avoid the damaging effects it will have on your mind, body and business otherwise.

At Claire Rich we have created the winning success formula which forms the foundations of our ‘Richer Life Programme’:

The Solution

Anyway, enough doom and gloom about the cold, hard reality of stress because the good news is we have the solution, your very own ‘secret weapon’ which we promised to reveal to you earlier. It is so powerful that we want to shout it from the rooftops so that everyone can use it and benefit. It is Hypnotherapy… yes you heard me right – Hypnosis! Using the power of your subconscious mind is the best and most powerful way to maximise your performance, wellbeing and success. High Achievers use it because they know that it helps them to play and stay at the top of their game so they can be the best they can be.

Hypnosis is a totally safe and natural state that we all go in and out of every day of our lives. Together we simply get your subconscious mind working for you so you can work smarter and be even more effective and productive in all areas of your life. But more about that in next week’s Blog Article – the 2nd of 3 about your newfound ‘secret weapon’. To sum up, we all know that stress is always going to be a part of life but if you want and need to change how you deal with it to protect your mind, body and business and get better results, then Hypnotherapy is exactly what you need. So don’t forget to look out for Part 2 of this Blog Article next week…and in the meantime remember to take care of your mind, body and business!

Are you a High Achiever? Do you regularly take preventative measures to protect your mind, body and business? Are you working with an Expert of the Mind/Clinical Hypnotherapist?

Let us know by commenting in the feedback box below.

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Claire Rich


Claire Rich, High Performance Mindset Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist is the founder of ‘The Richer Life Programme’. The High Performance Programme for ambitious, driven Business Owners and High Achievers who want to master their mindset, so they can maximise their performance, wellbeing and success and find the way to a richer life. To find out more visit Join her free Newsletter List and receive your free copy of ‘The High Achievers Guide to Success’ along with lots more regular, free, valuable information.


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