Stress

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

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

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

You, Stress and the Subconscious Mind

Stressed people often live with a fear mindset that generates millions of negative thoughts. Our limitations can control our behaviour and keep us hostage in a never-ending stress spiral.The way we think is usually what directs our limitations, not so much by outside influences.To reduce your stress levels and become more emotionally resilient, you need to engage the power of your subconscious mind.

The conscious mind makes decisions and plans its’ future activity once it receives information from the higher… Continue reading

A Simple Way to Decrease Stress Levels

Many years ago,my late sister-in-law Joan started practising yoga and over the years she became a master of meditation and living the calm.

I remember asking her on one occasion why she usually drank hot water and not a Latte or a Cappuccino. Her response surprised me as at the time as I was an avid Latte enthusiast. My unspoken thoughts were … ‘how could you just drink hot water, and why’!

Joan shared me with me that her yoga… Continue reading

Dehydration Shrinks Your Brain

Your brain is 75% water and on days when you are stressed, it is very easy to not take care of your physical body and drink water.

When you are dehydrated your brain shrinks in volume. Even mild or temporary dehydration can alter your brain function and impact your mood, this in turn makes you more stressed.

Fortunately, within 20 minutes of drinking some water, effects such as these are reversed. Headaches caused by dehydration rapidly go once you rehydrate.… 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… 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… Continue reading

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