Australian Workplaces Stress Continues to Rise

On June 14, 2017 a study by Robert Half Australia reported that Australian workplaces are expected to become (even) more stressful in the future.

  • 76% of Australian CFOs believe the stress levels of their staff will increase over the next three years.
  • The top three causes of rising stress levels are increased workloads (61%), increased business expectations (52%) and short deadlines (37%).

In the lead up to EOFY, workloads in any finance department are expected to rise which increases the… Continue reading

Pet Ownership, Social Support and PTSD

Last Monday morning Judy and I met with our local Forest Lake RSL Sub Branch President Mr Bob Richards who is the founder of the ‘Paws for Hope and Understanding’ program. He had his wonderfully trained Collie by his side in full harness during our meeting.

This innovative initiative is believed to be one of the most comprehensive PTSD training programs in the world, and an Australian first. It provides trained assistance or service dogs for both young and older… Continue reading

Back to Sleep

The year of 2018 has seen a surge in research studies that are all showing that an extra hour’s sleep can save your life. Moving from six hours to seven hours sleep a night can make a huge difference to your living a stress-less life and avoiding some serious health challenges.

Adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reported that sleeping less than 7… Continue reading

7 Strategies to Engage in to Avoid “Catching” Stress

The burden of managing your stress falls largely with you. However, experts agree that there are many tools, techniques and strategies that can help you from “catching” stress. Most are far easier than you may think.

To live a stress-less life here are some tools, techniques and strategies you may engage in …

  1. Set clear boundaries for yourself

Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD says, “Think about separating yourself physically from the [stressed out] person until he or she has a chance… Continue reading

Stress Spreads Like the Flu

Last week I was asked, “can you catch stress like a cold or the flu?”

My answer was, ‘you bet ya’!

Science tells us that stress is contagious and you need to keep some space between yourself and a stressed person if you possibly can.

Stress is that term that people use for a group of negative emotions including overwhelm, anger, frustration, worry and anxiety. Much like the flu, you can “catch” it from other people. And just like a… Continue reading

Obsessed With Social Media

Last week the Data Team at the Economist released a very interesting article titled…‘How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness’.

Youngsters report problems with anxiety, depression, sleep and “FoMO”.

Roughly a quarter of British adults have been diagnosed at some point with a psychiatric disorder, costing the economy an estimated 4.5% of GDP per year. Such illnesses have many causes, but a growing body of research demonstrates that in young people they are linked with heavy… Continue reading

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

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