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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

Why Is Living a Stress-Free Life Impossible?

This week one of our graduate Stress Management Facilitators Linn sent me an article from the December 26th 2017edition of Forbes magazine. She said, “you’ll love this John!”

The reason she said,“you’ll love this John!” is that during her training and also after attending numerous Building Emotional Resilience Training workshops she had heard me say, “ if you want to live a stress-free life, be prepared to die”.

Dr Hans Selye the scientist, endocrinologist and the ‘father of stress… Continue reading

The Last of the Human Freedoms

While enjoying some personal quiet time during this Christmas-New Year holiday season I have been reflecting on the happenings of 2016 for me personally, and for millions of others around the world.

The stress of life for some, is far greater than the stress of life for others.  “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Viktor Frankl wrote in his epic book published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning.  He went on to say,… Continue reading

Morning Mindset… Transforming Your Day

Often I’m asked… “how do you start your day with the best possible mindset so stress doesn’t get the better of you?”

My answer is…I develop a Morning Mindset routine which sets the tone for my day so I’m in-charge from the time I wake up each morning. This way I harness any stress to use as my day unfolds, and I end the day feeling alive, rather than over stressed and exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I am… Continue reading

Hack Your Brain to Harness Stress

At the Stress Management Institute we believe that using specific tools and strategies you can often harness “bad stress”, and change it, to create “good stress” that can enhance your life and your health.

Recently I read an article that runs parallel with the way we think about stress. My summary follows.

Prof Ian Robertson, Chair of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and founder of the Universities Institute of Neuroscience, and author of The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make… Continue reading

The Wattle Walk

September 1st is Wattle Day in Australia and it ushers in the arrival of spring. In the sub-tropical state of Queensland where we live, it comes earlier. Wattle is a shade tree and our nations national floral emblem.

Wattle, an Acacia comes in over 1,000 varieties with early blooming to late blooming trees and can be loaded with bright yellow flowers, which can have a very strong perfume. The thin branches can eventually bend and touch the ground under… Continue reading

A Stress-Less Life

‘A smooth sea never made a skilful mariner’
English proverb

There’s ‘bad’ stress which can leave us feeling overwhelmed, drained, burnt-out and unproductive.  If you do not perceive your life’s activities to be stressful, you are less likely to be negatively affected by stress whether it’s at work or in your private time according to research by Mark & Smith in 2008.

There’s also good stress which pumps up our adrenalin and cortisol levels and makes us more focused… Continue reading

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