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A Quarter of Women Professionals Experience Chronic Stress Symptoms

Springfox, a company specialising in workplace resilience have released the findings of a survey of over 26,000 Australian professionals which shows that over 25% of women experience chronic stress symptoms, as opposed to less than an 12.5% of men in the workforce.

The study reported that women are more susceptible to feeling distressed, vulnerable and withdrawn at work, compared to their male counterparts.

So many professional women feel that they need to perform at a higher level than their male counterparts so they will be seen as equals.

Peta Sigley, Springfox’s Chief Knowledge Officer said…  “The… Continue reading

A Physical Stress Release

Recently I was having a laugh with a friend who shared with me that a Pinata bursting experience is a part of their family culture in celebrating birthdays. The Pinata is not just for the kids she shared with me, it’s also for the adults, who just love the experience of ‘whacking’ the colourful holder filed with all sorts of goodies.

It was my friends 40th birthday, and her Pinata experience was sheer joy for her as she celebrated a milestone in her life.

Eustress, which is good stress we need daily, is usually associated with activities that support… Continue reading

How to Calmly Address Yelling

Yelling can be damaging to relationships. It is not a constructive way to deal with a difficult situation when communicating with others. At some time in our life, most of us have engaged in yelling as a venting mechanism when we are stressed.Some more than others.

As a tool, used when you are alone in a private space, yelling can be a major stress release technique for some people. After they have had a good yelling session driving around in their car with the windows wound up and music powering in the background, these individuals who love nothing better than… Continue reading

Stress and ROI … Digging Deeper

Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year according to the American Institute of Stress and $30 billion a year spend in Australia according to Workplace Health Australia.

A year ago, I wrote a blog on Stress and ROI which created a great deal of interest. The more I continue to dig and search the literature, the more experts are saying how important it is to create a mentally healthy, low stress workplace.

There is considerable academic evidence that… Continue reading

The Banana… A Mood Maker

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 130 countries in the world currently produce bananas, the most popular fruit and one of the largest crops in the world.

They come in an ideal portion size, they naturally produce their own handy protective wrap and they are extremely economical. Fresh and creamy, bananas mix well with so many other foods and they make a very healthy snack.

Research studies have concluded that eating bananas is associated with cutting your risk of renal cell carcinoma. They are rich in vitamin A, B6, C,potassium, magnesium, calcium, flavonoids, antioxidants… Continue reading

The Power of Endorphins

The word endorphin comes from the words “endogenous,” meaning from within the body, and “morphine,” which is an opiate pain reliever. Hence, endorphins were so named because they are natural pain relievers. These neurochemicals released by your body can give you a natural ‘high’.

They are a peptide and produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being. Endorphins are released in response to pain or stress, but they’re also released during other activities, like laughing, eating,… Continue reading

The Puzzle of Internal and External Stress

In 1936 the pioneering Hungarian endocrinologist Dr Hans Selye started to share with the world community his findings of experimental work he was doing on what he called,stress. He went onto explain that stress was … “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.” When he spoke about stress at conferences around the world, certain languages did not have a word for stress at the time and had to create a new word for this concept.

“Stress, like Einstein’s theory of relativity, is a scientific concept which has suffered from the mixed blessing of being… Continue reading

The Stress of Negative Thinking

Yesterday I heard a very interesting interview with Lucinda Brogden a Commissioner on the Australian Mental Health Commission who was reporting on world-wide findings from an international Suicide Conference she had recently attended in Singapore.

She reported on a study of millennials in a progressive Asian country where there was a strong work ethic in their society. The individuals she reported on had all checked into a special needs centre as they were so stressed, they felt suicidal. Everyone felt compelled to check their smart phone 10 times on average each night during sleeping.

When asked why they felt so… Continue reading

Workplace Wellness

Employees leave bosses more than jobs.

Workplace stress for some people is caused when they become frustrated, distracted and disengaged with managers and co-workers.

Workplace wellness includes more than just physical health (e.g. exercise and diet), ergonomic furniture, low levels of overtime and regular holidays.

Prolonged under-stress (boredom), which usually results from workers having little to do and can be associated with rigid job demarcation, especially in the Public Service, can be as dangerous to the health of an individual as chronic over-stress or dis-stress.

World-renowned stem cell biologist and epigenetics researcher Bruce Lipton PhD said, “In the science of… Continue reading

You’re ‘Out of Wack’

Professor Alan Smith (let’s call him that) was a Molecular Physicist who was involved in very complicated research. He was highly analytical and a deep thinker. He was very stressed as his lower back pain had been present for over two years and it was getting worse daily.

He had seen many medical specialists and other therapists constantly over the previous two years. He knew he had a physical problem that was causing him constant debilitating pain, and he most definitely was not, a ‘head case’ as he had been told by numerous specialists.

Endless xrays and other scans had… Continue reading

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