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Stress Management and Personal Effectiveness


Is spa treatment the solution to today's stress problems? Nothing wrong with a visit to a spa, but more is needed to deal with the stress many experience. Work tempo has increased for many, the amount of information available has exploded, we have many different roles to fill both at work and in our private lives.

The acronym SPA stands for 3 important areas we as individuals and groups can work on to manage stress better:

The situation that creates stress. It is important to on the situational demands themselves, for example the work load and pace. How to work "smarter", reduce bottlenecks and time thieves? What more can be delegated and what do we have to prioritize lower on the list? How to be more structured so that we have time for the things that mean the most? Other factors in the situation research shows to have an effect are having control over our own work and a supportive team around us, and being part of a workplace characterized by humor and creativity.

deals with how we assess the situation. The same situation is often perceived in different ways by different people, and this gives rise to different stress experiences. By focusing on our interpretations and our thought patterns, we can discover new ways to look at things and find new alternatives.

Arousal or physical activation levels can we manage with the help of attention training, breathing and relaxation exercises. Regular exercise is also important here.

Joy Buikema Fjærtoft has worked with the topic stress and burnout since the 80's when she wrote her dissertation on organizational culture as related to burnout and work engagement. She has the whole time advanced the view that stress should not bejust  an individualized problem, and that solutions are to be found on both the individual and organizational level.

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Theoretical insights, practical advice and training 

  • The most important stress theories
    - Demands, control, support
    - Effort-reward imbalance
  • Practical problem-solving to improve the situation
  • Importance of a good team
  • Cognitive aspects: Helpful and unhelpful interpretations
    and self-instructions
  • Focus: Training attention/mindfulness
  • Time management and personal effectiveness
  • Self-management
  • Insights and exercises from positive psychology