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The Power of Flowers in Reducing Stress

Last Sunday I would have loved to have had a team of testers out in the market place measuring mothers stress levels early in the day and then immediately after they received their Mother’s Day bunch of flowers from their loved ones.

Both of our sons who are fathers themselves arrived at different times over the weekend at our home with flowers for Judy. The joy their mother received from receiving these very special multi coloured heart felt gifts was… Continue reading

Increase Your Gratitude, Lower Your Stress

Last weekend was another magical two days we spent with a diverse group of people at our Build Emotional Resilience Training.

One of the simple things we can all do to create a stress less life is to continually work on developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

Contemplating what you’re grateful for reduces cortisol by 23% according to a study published at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that those who cultivated an ‘attitude of gratitude’ had improved mood, energy… Continue reading

Emotional Resilience and Deep Sleep

Resilience is the scientific term for your body’s ability to rapidly return to normal, physically,

mentally and emotionally, after a stressful event. Ongoing exposure to trauma can weaken your emotional resilience.

While stress is inevitable and something our body needs to thrive, uncontrolled stress can become a huge problem and lead to a very unhealthy life.

It is the how you personally deal with stress that will determine whether it will create health problems for you later in your life… Continue reading

Lack of Sleep Now #1 Cause of Rising Stress Levels

The Medibank Better Health Index Research was released on December 28 for the 2016-17 period. The research revealed sleep — or a lack of — has been self-reported as a key contributor to Australians’ rising stress levels in 2017 (44%).

The incidence of mental health issues is the highest amongst those affected by stress, according to new Medibank data.

With the lives of many people around the world being driven now by electronic devices, mainly, mobile phones, solid sleeping has… Continue reading

The Euphoria of Stress

During my 10 km Mt Coot-tha walk in Brisbane this morning I was in a semi-meditative state for a period of time, after my climb was complete and I was walking on a relatively flat section before my decent.

My mind was having one of those 12,000 internal conversations a normal brain has on an average day as Susan Pearce tells us in her book, Wired For Life…Retrain Your Brain and Thrive’

My body, mind and spirit were… Continue reading

When You’re Stressed… Crank Up the Nutrients

On 26 February 2018 Choice magazine reported that Australia’s largest supermarkets have been awarded a fail mark for their role in manufacturing and promoting unhealthy foods in a new independent academic report.

The Deakin University report by researchers at the Global Obesity Centre, assessed Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA’s nutrition and obesity prevention policies and commitments.

The study took into consideration six different criteria, including whether home-brand products have healthy formulations, whether unhealthy foods are advertised to children and teenagers,… Continue reading

What is your personal pressure release valve?

There is no doubt about it – living in the ‘modern’ world has its benefits. For one thing, as a woman, I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to wash my family’s clothes in a copper over a fire, use an outhouse instead of a toilet or always cook everything from scratch. All of us can no doubt appreciate how good it is to be able to access the Internet any time and to get a virtually instant response… Continue reading

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

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