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The Stress Response… Jack Reacher

The Christmas/New Year period is either an over-stress and/or dis-stress time for many people or a eustress stimulating and relaxing time for others… it’s either a time of ‘bad’ stress, or a time of ‘good’ stress.

For me this year, it was a wonderful time of eustress. My wife Judy had given me some fantastic books to lay back and read when I wasn’t watching the Australia – India Test Cricket matches, or snoozing.

It was a time to relax,… Continue reading

Strategies to Manage Christmas Holiday Stress

Remember that stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Christmas celebrations can re-kindle thoughts about past tragedies and also sometimes you feel you “have to connect”with family members you do not want to communicate with, just to hold the family peace.

Relationships such as those above can cause a stress response in your body, thereby affecting your brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, hormonal balance and immune function.

Financial worries, health issues, or… Continue reading

Do You Ask for Support?

Whenever I am delivering a keynote, a training, a workshop or a retreat I always ask my audience within the first 10 minutes, do you ask for support?

This past year I have experienced some very interesting audience responses. More about that later.

The typical group response when I ask for a show of hands to the question… are you happy to support others? is always 95 % to 100% of participants.

However, when I ask, do you ask for… Continue reading

Who Knew… Men Knitting and De-Stressing?

Men were the key participants who once populated the medieval knitting guilds of Europe, and men are once again picking up the needles.

Last Sunday morning in Brisbane the Stress Management Institute® hosted their graduation for Certificate IV in Stress Management Practitioner and Certificate in Stress Management Facilitator students. A Skype video link was also used to connect with student’s interstate.

So, where does Men Knitting and De-Stressing fit into a graduation ceremony?

This Weeks Video…

Healing Guided Meditation –… Continue reading

The Stress-Alzheimer’s Connection

My mother was a beautiful soul, kind, caring, loving, smart, hard working and a whip smart small business woman who was also highly innovative.

She lived a good happy life, married for over 50 years and passed on peacefully at 89 with her family around her.

However, in her early 80’s dementia set in and the last 5 years of her life she couldn’t speak and was cared for by ‘Angel’ carers in a very special Alzheimer’s Centre.

Growing up,… Continue reading

Leg Muscle Strength For a Healthy Brain

The University of Newcastle in Australia is currently conducting a research study with 22 high schools evaluating the relationship between physical fitness, brain function and student stress levels. The interim results indicate that the fitter the student is, the lower their stress levels are.

While exercise is primarily valued for its influence on physical health, strength and mobility, there is an increasing body of knowledge showing that physical exercise, especially strength training, is just as important for a healthy brain,enhanced… Continue reading

Workplace Wishlist

An excellent article titled ‘The Truth About WORKPLACE WELLBEING’ was published in the Melbourne Herald Sun on Sunday on 4th November 2018.

In a bid to discover more, the paper teamed up with the experts at YouGov Galaxy for the 2018 Body & Soul Work-Life Survey – a nationwide poll that asked Aussies about their work wellbeing: what do they want from their workplace to feel healthy and happy? What are their employers doing right, and what’s desperately… Continue reading

The Rugby World Champions Are Using Mindfulness

The mighty world Rugby Champions, the New Zealand All Blacks are in a class of their own, way out in front of the nation in second place.

The All Blacks are an amazing example of playing the game with constant attention to the absolute basics, which they execute with text book precision game after game, after game.

This team of consummate professionals have a strong focus on engaging their mental skills also, so that they can nail the key moments… Continue reading

Either You Run the Day, Or the Day Runs You

In 1981 I first heard master mindset communicator E. James Rohn speak at a conference in Brisbane where he stated … “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

We all know that we seem to have busy minds, and often in unexpected ways our thoughts distract us from handling things in the moment. Unless we constantly monitor and oversee our mindset behaviour, we can create a state of chronic stress in our life.

Have you ever tried… Continue reading

Walking… the ‘New Wonder Drug’

Walking is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” says Thomas Friedman, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States(May 29, 2017).

Adjunct Professor John G Kelly the CEO of the Australian Heart Foundation said, “I’ve been thinking about my favourite medical ‘miracle treatment’. It doesn’t tend to make headlines. Yet the results, for those who embrace it, can be life-changing.” (March 25, 2018)

“The … Continue reading

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