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 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

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

Stress and Your Gut

Our body contains around 100 trillion bacteria, which outnumbers our human tissue cells by a factor of 10 to 1.

Remember that every time you eat you aren’t only feeding your body, but you’re feeding the little bugs in your gut.

Research has found that the type of bacteria we have in our gut changes based on what we eat, how we exercise, and our level of stress.

Our exposure to stress results in alterations of the brain-gut interactions (“brain-gut-axis”) ultimately leading to the development of a broad array of gastrointestinal disorders including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel… Continue reading

I’m Having a CRAFT Day!

For many years, I worked on a highly productive and focused team of either four or five people each shift. We personally cared for around 150 clients most days and our synergy was amazing.

Our new clients often commented how connected our team was in meeting their personal needs and how good they felt every time they walked into our practice. Statements like,” I always feel that everybody here goes out of their way to care for me.”

Occasionally a client would ask, “how is it that you are all so positive every time I come for my visit? Don’t… Continue reading

Does Pain Cause Stress, or Stress Cause Pain?

As a practicing chiropractor in Canada and Australia for a good part of my life I cared for thousands of patients who presented with low back pain, neck pain, and headache. In many instances these presenting patients pain was stress-related. For most of these patients, their problems were chronic and they had been putting up with their untreated stressed out bodies for a long time. The time frame was 30 or 40 years sometimes before their bodies finally quit. The underlying stress in these patients lives had taken a toll on not only on their physical body, but also on… Continue reading

5 Ways to Enhance Your Self-Compassion

Our brain is programed in the negative so we are always primed to be alert to danger and engage our fright, fight, flight mechanism to support us in times of major stress and danger.

The pace of life now means most of us are performing a balancing act in trying to stay calm and experience some peace in our lives from time to time. In Australia and the US surveys report that 75% to 90% of the population say that they are experiencing excessive stress in at least one area of their lives.

An area that is often overlooked in… Continue reading

Is Living the Calm a Possibility?

For the past two and a half days I have been attending the sold out Myriad Showcase in Brisbane. The experience was designed by some of the minds behind SXSW, SLUSH and PAUSE and the events mission is to unlock the infinite cultural and economic value across Asia-Pacific.

Myriad invites entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, tech-lovers and innovators to attend, be inspired, collaborate and connect the dots to unlock success and growth for themselves and the wider Australian ecosystem.

There were 50 plus Australian and overseas speakers running multiple streams covering next generation technology and interactive experiences in workshops and fireside… Continue reading

Urban Myths and Stress

Certain behaviours that family, friends or colleagues have suggested to you as key ways to de-stress, may actually be creating more stress in your life. Check out what science has found out to be the truth about these urban myths.

  1. Enrolling Your Best Friend to Support you to De-Stress

Research has found that when males seek support from a male friend to talk through stressful matters that it may reduce their cortisol levels and hence help them to de-stress. It has been shown that in females, cortisol levels may increase with increased social support (Kirschbaum, et al1995; Shirtcliff et al,… Continue reading

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