Coping with workplace stress: A two pronged approach

Coping with workplace stress: A two pronged approach

02:27 05 October in News

by Raymond Elias RCHP, MHt.
Clinical hypnosis practitioner

“The cost of work time lost to stress in Canada is $12 billion. Stress as a reason for absenteeism has increased 316 % since 1995. The direct cost of absenteeism totals $4.5 billion each year.”

Statistics Canada


“Work stress is a key factor in the onset of mental illness, now the leading cause of worker disability. Mental-health problems – stress, depression and addiction – are a $33-Billion-a-year drain on Canada’s economy.“

Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health

Take a moment to re-read those alarming statistics. Too often we ignore the early warning signs of stress or burnout such as occasional restless sleep or catching colds all too often. By the time we focus our attention on the issue, we have a much larger and potentially more harmful condition to contend with.

The Center for Disease Control links stress as a cause to over 805 different diseases.

Fortunately, each of us can prevent the development of more serious problems before they arise.

When we are exposed to stress, two main processes develop: bad habits and body chemistry imbalances. Let’s first look at bad habits. For example we might develop a fear of flying , or perhaps we avoid certain workplace colleagues that arouse fear and resentment inside ourselves. The second process is the chemical imbalances occurring in our bodies. During periods of stress, a number of vital nutrients are depleted from your body. For example, do you forget or miss meals when you are busy or stressed? One of those vital nutrients your body needs is magnesium – important for hundreds of processes in your body – including helping you to keep calm. Did you know that an estimated 85% of the population is magnesium deficient?

To start reducing your stress and to prevent excess stress from creeping into your everyday life, I recommend a two pronged approach:

  • First, consult a naturopathic doctor: A naturopathic doctor will ensure your diet is nutrient balanced and that you are not already showing signs of trace mineral or nutrient deficiencies. I work with Dr. Suzanna Ivanovics of Satori Health & Wellness on a regular basis to help develop an approach for our clients that maximizes their opportunity to improve their overall health.
  • Second, eliminate those bad habits: Controlling those bad habits will go a long way to reducing your stress and improving your overall productivity at work. I have developed a stress reduction kit. This kit contains the following:
    • A total of 2 ½ hours of session time during which you will be given the tools to, not only help regulate your own stress level but also to assist you in recognizing the symptoms of more complex stress situations which may require your attention.
    • You will get a one-on-one stress reduction hypnosis session which will be recorded for you to replay on your own as the need arises
    • Verbal and written coaching on how to rapid calm yourself using self-hypnosis techniques.
    • Two mind training session recordings which are specifically designed to be used in the work environment.

Do you have questions about the stress kit or about how to combine therapies with naturopathic medicine? Send me your questions to

Time to focus on creating a strong mind and use your perseverance to take down stress!

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