Myths About Stress Management Coaching
Not all mental health or medical
practitioners are trained in stress management approaches. The stress
management field is a specialized one, requiring specific training
and experience to be fully effective. There are many myths floating
around about the field. This article uncovers five of them so you
can understand who you need to help you learn the best stress management
strategies and techniques for your particular situation.
Five Myths About Stress Management Coaching
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Not all mental health or medical practitioners
are trained in stress management approaches. The stress management
field is a specialized one, requiring specific training and experience
to be fully effective. There are many myths floating around about
the field. This article uncovers five of them so you can understand
who you need to help you learn the best stress management strategies
and techniques for your particular situation.
MYTH: You Need To Be Psychoanalyzed: Stress management is
definitely not psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, or about stretching
out on a couch discussing your innermost, deepest secrets. It's
just simple, straightforward approaches to handling the stressors
in your life.
MYTH: You Have To Talk About Your Past And Childhood: Stress
management coaching is about now, not your past. A stress management
coach takes you from where you are and helps you advance where you
want to go.
MYTH: Learning Stress Strategies Is Complicated: Most stress
control approaches are designed for fast learning and are not convoluted.
You can learn many of them in moments, and walk out the door and
use them in real life the same day.
MYTH: Stress Strategies Take A Long Time To Put Into Practice:
A few stress approaches like yoga and progressive relaxation take
a while to learn, but the vast majority of approaches can be learned
in one session, and placed into action immediately.
MYTH: Stress Techniques Are The Same As Those Used In Psychotherapy:
The best stress coaches use an eclectic approach, where they draw
from many disciplines, and use a wide variety of modalities. Psychotherapy,
medicine, counseling, psychophysiology, eastern approaches are all
fertile grounds for borrowing stress control techniques.
Now you know the five major myths about stress management coaching.
If you need to learn to handle your stress better, now you can make
an informed decision about who to contact for help, and how the
process works. Good luck.
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Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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