Are You Running on Empty?

High on the list of clinical complaints is low energy and fatigue. Continual workplace and /or home stress can cause individuals to suffer from these symptoms.

The outcome is that more and more people worldwide are turning to artificial energy stimulants more than ever before. Unfortunately, these can be dangerous and ultimately even deadly.

What are the risks associated with energy drink consumption?

In the UK, according to the National Health Service NHSChoices, the potential risks associated with energy… Continue reading

Putting Resilience Interventions to the Test

I recently read a very lengthy fascinating article on how science in the Middle East is being used to document teens stress levels using hair analysis. Here is my summary.

In 2015 more than 800 teenage boys and girls in northern Jordan each allowed 100 strands of hair to be snipped from their heads. Half the teens were Syrian refugees, the other half Jordanians living in the area.

The study was carried out by molecular biologist Rana Dajani from the… Continue reading

Hunt the Mammoth

In 2012, before we launched Stress to Strength we spent the year doing extensive online research to find out who was our true demographic and target market audience.

We were seeking the online demographic as well as the group who would be interested in studying to be either a Stress Management Practitioner or a Stress Management Facilitator.

Our third group to find were those individuals who wanted to attend in-class Stress Management training courses to learn tools and strategies, so… Continue reading

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

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