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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 research’ would pronounce, “stress is a funny thing, if you live stress free you will die, if you live in… 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 revealed sleep — or a lack of — has been self-reported as a key contributor to Australians’ rising stress levels… 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 get too little sleep to feel rested and able to function at their best. The average amount of sleep for… 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 wasted. And maybe you did need to move on from that position as your body, mind and soul were rebelling.… 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 transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA) that may contribute to social disparities in health.

Incredibly, it could show you’re stressed in… 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 United States and has been doing this work for six years. They serve breast cancer survivors in the United States,… Continue reading

The Stressful Anticipation of Christmas

For some people, the lead up to Christmas takes them to their memory bank which can be over-flowing with memories of previous highly stressful Christmas Days.The ones that have been a disaster fill the front row seats in their mind. Anticipation of their traditional family Christmas can be stressful initially in the planning processes and the daysleading up to the big event.

Those who suffer from anticipation stress usually start to visualize stress as the days get closer to December 25th. With each passing day their feeling of stress gets bigger and bigger.

As we are genetically programmed… Continue reading

The Power of “No”

I was reading a review of a new book due out in January by Bella Zanesco’s, Smart Girls Screw Up Too — The no-nonsense guide to creating the life you want.

In 2013, Bella Zanesco was climbing the career ladder three steps at a time. She was a successful business executive heading up strategy, transformation and innovation for large corporations in London, New York, Asia and Australia. She was responsible for delivering over US$5 billion to Fortune 500 companies.

Bella said… “But then, each morning I got up and thought: ‘This just doesn’t feel right anymore.’ I was successful… Continue reading

Gratitude

The great English writer, poet and philosopher, G. K. Chesterton said …

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

At this time of the year with Thanks Giving being celebrated in North America and the festive season for many around the world being only a month away, life is hectic.

With a hectic life style for so many people come added responsibility, and survey after survey tells us that personal stress can be at a peak at this time of the year for the majority of the population.… Continue reading

What Behaviour is Stressing You?

Often, things in life can get out of hand as we just get way too busy and something needs to give so we keep our sanity and we don’t get overwhelmed.

The Australian Workplace Barometer Report from Safe Work Australia reported that 4,000,000 Australians are in the upper 2 quartiles of emotional exhaustion and the majority of $$$ lost are due to employees who report only mild symptoms.

When stress creeps up on us we may ask ourselves… What is the behaviour that is stressing me?

The next questions are…

What does that say about me?

What does that reflect… Continue reading

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