Think of stress. Does the image of a braces-wearing high flyer making millions come to mind?
Too easy, says Diss author and hypnotherapist Richard Ingate. “That is the stereotype.”
Stress can affect us anywhere, and even the Waveney Valley, far from frantic financial centres, is not a refuge from stress, he said.
During a working life in the UK and Asia, in jobs such as hospital cleaner, postman and English lecturer, he has developed his own way of coping with stress.
Now through writing and counselling, he teaches how to find inner resources to cope with stress and depression.
“I used to think I was the crazy one for not liking work. Now, with greater knowledge of psychology I can see the harmful structures of our modern way of life often forces good people into,” he said.
“I suffered from stress at work for many years but gradually learned both techniques to deal with it, and ways to understand life that put everything in to a far more positive perspective.”
Studies have shown the relationship between high job strain and cardiovascular disease, said Mr Ingate. “People are dying from their work and it needs to stop.”
Mr Ingate, who is also one of the practitioners at the Natural Health Clinic in Diss, describes his company, Living Resilience, as a means of taking resilience skills and state of mind into business.
A Buddhist and an allotment gardener, Mr Ingate has written Time Management from the Inside Out and Stress Less, and is now writing a third book, Living Resilience, due out this summer.