Stress Kills Off Brain Cells

An article published in Scientific American reports on a new animal study that shows that a single, socially stressful situation can destroy newly created neurons in the hippocampus, the brain region involved in memory and emotion.

Although most of the brain stops growing by adulthood, new nerve cells are continually generated in the hippocampus, where they are essential for learning. Scientists have long known that chronic stress can inhibit this neurogenesis (new nerve cell growth) and lead to anxiety and… Continue reading

How Can Stress Cause Fat?

Stress may cause excess abdominal fat in otherwise slender women.

Non-overweight women who are vulnerable to the effects of stress are more likely to have excess abdominal fat, and have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a study conducted at Yale by Elissa S. Epel, PhD suggests.

Abdominal fat is related to worse health, including greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Cortisol affects fat distribution by causing fat to be stored centrally-around the organs. Cortisol exposure can increase… Continue reading


Our Stress to Strength® and Stress Management Institute® team deserves full credit for our winning the Professional Services Category Award last Friday night at Logan Chambers of Commerce 2018 Business Distinction Awards to a sold-out audience at the Logan Entertainment Centre. We were the winner in the Professional Services category.

I posted this image on social media of myself receiving the award on behalf of our amazing team and Advisory Board.

A great friend in the US saw one of… Continue reading

Stress is the Buzz Word

Recently I was interviewed for a series of videos around the key elements of stress. The interviewer asked me to talk about the physical, chemical and emotional aspects of stress.

One of our recently graduated Stress Management Practitioners, Dr Marg Peck, a chiropractor in country Victoria shared with me her thoughts in summary form about the physical, chemical and emotional aspects of stress management. Below is an extract from her presentation.

Stress is a challenge to our systems. It can… Continue reading

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

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