On 9 and 10 September, we organised a new online workshop as part of the Cuida’t Espaitec series, a set of training and diffusion actions where health and well-being are at the forefront. Elena Cucala shared with us some methodologies and tools needed to optimally manage stress.

During the sessions, we learned the different positive or negative forms of stress, which are necessary in order to know the mechanisms and tools to face it, healthy habits to fight it, and to help us to perform better both personally and professionally.

We also learned about the importance of emotions and their way of acting as chemical and neuronal responses involved in how we adapt and live, with some 600 emotions and six primary ones existing: fear, anger, disgust, joy, sadness and surprise.

As emotional beings, we must learn to manage the emotions that constantly emerge without judging them to be good or bad because every emotion is necessary and appears for some reason. Emotions are manifested and help us to cope with the situation.

Strategies to face stress

In collective terms, it is worth stressing that stress can make the health of a whole organisation worse in climate and productivity terms. So the best solution is prevention, and in such a way that the people forming the organisation can face stress processes by relying on the techniques and tools needed to minimise burnout.

In today’s difficult times related to time management, conciliation, loneliness or lack of concentration and distractions form part of our daily lives. We are living a situation in which high levels of stress and anxiety are becoming more frequent. During two sessions, Elena Cucala stressed the points set out below:

  • Healthy habits
  • Social support
  • Cognitive plan: reinterpret the situation
  • Time management
  • Social skills
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Breathing techniques
  • Silence
  • Nature
  • Mindfulness

Another relevant theme she also stressed was resilience; that is, improving our capacity to pull through circumstances and to learn to become stronger after facing the challenges we encounter every day. To do so, we must work on constructive thinking by learning to calm our minds.

The actions that form part of Cuida’t Espaitec are financed by the Regional Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Sience and Digital Society of the Generalitat Valenciana. In relation to health, they aim to generate personal and professional well-being of the people making up the Espaitec ecosystem and the Castellón business fabric.