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Who is Responsible for Mental Health in the Workplace?

An old practice that is still active in some quarters of the market place is, “work it till it breaks”. When you ask the person in senior management who has made the statement who or what are they referring to, they answer, “it doesn’t matter, staff or machinery”

With depression and anxiety now the leading cause of long-term illness-related absence in the developed world, it’s vital for leaders – under work health and safety laws – to do whatever is… Continue reading

How Can Stress Make You Fat and Create Diabetes?

When we were created way back in time we came with a fantastic safety mechanism inbuilt into our brains. If we became stressed due to impending danger like the possibility of becoming a menu item for a Saber-tooth Tiger, our body would instinctively enter the “fight or flight” mode. This would set into action a cascade of physiological events in our body that would prove to be life-saving.

In the modern day, there’s a good chance that the threat is… Continue reading

21 Benefits of Endorphins… the ‘Inner Uppers’

In the early 1980’s American Dr Dale Anderson, M.D. discovered that humorous fun, and laughter using creative Method Acting techniques dramatically enhanced the health and well being of his patients.

I experienced Dale Anderson’s techniques first hand at a workshop in Brisbane in 1982 that was sponsored by The Australian Wellness Association. It was an evening of experiencing fun and joy by engaging in laughter exercises and other physical Method Acting techniques.

Endorphins are morphine like chemicals that are made… Continue reading

The Intertwining Complexity of Stress

Over the last five years since the inception of Stress to Strength we have been exploring the intertwining of the complexity of stress.

When people ask, “what is stress?”, we find the popular explanation by psychologist Richard Lazarus is easily understood by the person asking the question.

STRESS arises when individuals perceive that they cannot adequately cope with the demands being made on them or with threats to their well being.”

Five years on with the growing body of… Continue reading

Why Is Living a Stress-Free Life Impossible?

This week one of our graduate Stress Management Facilitators Linn sent me an article from the December 26th 2017edition of Forbes magazine. She said, “you’ll love this John!”

The reason she said,“you’ll love this John!” is that during her training and also after attending numerous Building Emotional Resilience Training workshops she had heard me say, “ if you want to live a stress-free life, be prepared to die”.

Dr Hans Selye the scientist, endocrinologist and the ‘father of stress… Continue reading

Five Million Australians ‘Stressed Out’

The Medibank Better Health Index Research was released on December 28 for the 2016-17 period. The report went on to say … “five million Australians are ‘stressed out’ as research finds 2017 was our most stressful year.”

The incidence of mental health issues is the highest amongst those affected by stress, according to new Medibank data.

The incidence of stress peaked in 2017, with the number of Australians affected rising from 3,724,000 in 2007-08 to 4,930,000 in 2016-17.

The research… Continue reading

Your Memory, Waistline and Your Employer May Thank You

Late last week we returned from a very relaxing twelve-day, South Pacific Island cruise on P & O’s Pacific Dawn. Although we were engaged to deliver five different stress management keynote presentations, the sleep, relaxation and the joy of cruising meant that the ‘working’ aspect of our trip was virtually non-existent.

We ditched the alarm clock and made getting plenty of sleep and reading wonderful books a key aspect of our working holiday.

More than 40 per cent of Australians… Continue reading

Under – Stress and Boredom

Maybe,at some time in your life you have had to fill a role that was boring, non-creative and maybe felt menial in nature.

After the honeymoon passed where you initially just loved turning up to work and doing ‘nothing’, you started to dread going to work. You had a reception role and almost nobody to receive in person, and the telephone was lucky to ring a few times in a week.

You felt your life and your talents were being… Continue reading

Your Words Can Reveal You’re Stressed

A very interesting paper by Matthias Mehl et al on how the words we use can identify our level of stress and anxiety was recently published in the proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences.

The lead author Dr Matthias Mehl from the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona says that our linguistic embellishment of the words you use is likely to be a much more reliable indicator of stress levels than self-diagnosis.

The researchers have identified a conserved… Continue reading

H.A.L.T. … Are You Ready?

We had a very special experience last week spending two days with a group of totally committed recent breast cancer survivors on Australia’s Gold Coast. We facilitated our Stress to Strength Experience workshop.

These brave women gave 100% plus effort as they explored new ways to support their own personal healing by learning how to make stress their friend and become way more emotionally resilient.

The not-for-profit breast cancer organization called Send Me On Vacation www.sendmeonvacation.org is based in the… Continue reading

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