My name is Sophia Steeden and I have been helping people overcome stress and anxiety issues for more than 10 years.

During that time I have seen a significant increase in these issues and as a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England), I set up ‘The Mindful Coach’ to offer stress management workshops. These interactive workshops are not only fun, but highly educational in showing ways that small steps can lead to big changes!

We know that mental health is a burning issue in business today with the Health & Safety Executive’s 2015/2016 statistics showing that stress (together with mental ill health conditions like anxiety and depression) accounts for 37% of all work-related ill-health cases in the UK. The total number of workings days lost due to mental health problems in 2015/2016 was 11.7 million days.

The Mindful Coach workshops are aimed at both managers and employees to equip them with the correct tools to identify and to deal with work and life stress. These workshops can have a very powerful impact on health and wellness and therefore have a positive effect on company productivity, profits and staff retention.

We all want to work in an organisation which thrives, with the resulting benefits in productivity and happiness.

Companies are required by law to tackle stress

Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999: To assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities. Under the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974: To take measure to control that risk.

HSE expects organisations to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessment for stress, and to take action to tackle any problems identified by that risk assessment. But there is also the moral/ethical view point to tackle stress to prevent ill health: There is evidence that prolonged periods of stress, including work-related stress, have an adverse effect on health.  Research shows strong links between stress and:

Physical effects such as heart disease, back pain, headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances or various minor illnesses; and Psychological effects such as anxiety and depression. Stress can also lead to other behaviours that are harmful to health, such as skipping meals, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, or smoking. Tackling the causes of stress before they lead to ill health can prevent this from happening.”